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The Sesquicentennial History of the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association 



851 -2001 





Lansf ord Jolley 



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VISIONS OF FAITH 

The Sesquicentennial History 

of the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association 

1851-2001 




Lansford Jolley 



Authc 



Published by Kings Mountain Baptist Association 

Copyright 2001 Kings Mountain Baptist Association 

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Table of Contents 

Acknowledgments 5 

Foreword 6 

Baptists in Europe and North America: a Brief History 9 

Broad River Association 17 

The Kings Mountain Association Is Formed in 1851 19 

Association Leads in the Birth of a High School 26 

Leadership in the Development of Education 37 

The Beacon Becomes The Publication 

For the Association 38 

LeLand Kerr Assumes Leadership of the Association 51 

Observations 75 

Appendix 78 

The Churches of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 83 

Index 142 



THE SESQUICENTENNIAL HISTORY 



of the 

KINGS MOUNTAIN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 
1851 to 2001 

History Committee since 1997 

Mr. Lansford Jolley, Historian, Boiling Springs Church 

Mrs. Delores Hamrick, Associate Historian, Poplar Springs Church 

Mrs. Theresa Lowe, Double Shoals Church 

Mrs. Betty Black, Emmanuel Church 

Mrs. Ruth Philbeck, New Buffalo Church 

Mrs. Barbara Starnes, Eastside Church, Kings Mountain 

Mr.Thirlen Osborne, Boiling Springs Church 

Mrs. Helen Blanton, Eastside Church, Shelby 

Mrs. Lenora Morris, First Church, Grover 

Mrs. Becky Hamrick, First Church, Shelby 

Mrs. Lib Hughes, Westview Church 

Two persons not on the committee who provided much assistance were Mrs. Louise Wright from Oak Grove 
Church and Mr. Yates Harbison from First Church, Kings Mountain. We appreciate everyone who helped make 
the book possible. 



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 




^<-^v J& ne researcn an< ^ writing of the history of the Kings Mountain 
( s JsF Baptist Association has been an enjoyable experience. When I 

^- ^ became historian for the Association, I had just completed writing a 

Gardner- Webb history which was published in 1997. For some time there had 
been discussions of the need for a new history of the Association. Many church- 
es and various Christian organizations were founded near the middle of the 
Nineteenth Century. It became obvious that if we were to have an updated his- 
tory, the year 2001 would be the proper time to celebrate the Sesquicentennial 
of the Association founded in 1851. 

While I did the research and writing of the history of the Association, many 
others played significant roles in creating this book. Professor Thirlen Osborne, 
former faculty member in the English Department at Gardner- Webb University 
and member of the History Committee of the Association, proofread the manu- 
script and made corrections on style, grammar, and punctuation. 

From the beginning, it was felt that the book should include a short history of each church in the Association along 
with pictures of the present pastor and church building. The other members of the History Committee of the 
Association gave assistance in contacting the churches and getting this material. Many people in the churches are 
responsible for the church histories and pictures. While we have done some editing, the material in the book dealing 
with the churches of the Association is the material provided by the churches. We thank you. 

I am grateful to many people at the Associational office. Executive Director Leland Kerr gave his support and 
encouragement throughout the process of creating the history. The staff was most cooperative and helpful. I will always 
appreciate the helpfulness, kindness, and Christian spirit of Margaret Lipscomb as she provided needed material, typed 
the manuscript, and was helpful in very many ways. Judy Franks, Joe Collins, and others helped in various ways includ- 
ing the development of graphs. Robyn Kerr scanned and helped correct church histories. Leland Kerr, Charles Reed, 
Bonnie Doughtie, Joe Collins, and Teresa Davis were interviewed, and I am thankful to them for their time and infor- 
mation. Their information which was obtained in the interviews made a valuable contribution. 

Suzanne Gobble served as a summer worker at the Association and during the summer of the year 2000 spent con- 
siderable time taking pictures and getting material from the churches. She is the daughter of Dr. Marvin Gobble, pas- 
tor of Zoar Baptist Church, and his wife, Joy. 

My wife, Cothenia, is always a great help and source of inspiration and encouragement. 

Lansford Jolley 

Author 



FOREWORD 




ings Mountain Baptist Association, Inc., has a rich heritage of 
ision, faith, ministry, and missions. A vision 1 50 years ago created 



LelandA. Kerr 

Executive Director 



this Association and named it for a region (Kings Mountain 
Battleground) that was dear to the hearts of the people. Throughout 
our history, God has blessed us with "visionaries." 

The thirteen founding churches responded by faith believing that the forming 
of a new Association would broaden opportunities to work together with other 
churches in a smaller geographic region. Throughout our 1 50 years, this faith has 
continued as more and more churches have been started and more opportunities 
occur to work together. 

As the Association has grown, more opportunities are available for our church- 
es to partner together to minister. Throughout our 1 50 years, our churches have 
responded to ministry needs. Today we are one of the strongest Baptist 
Associations in North Carolina. 

Missions support and missions involvement have been an important part of the work of the Association throughout 
our history. As the Association assists churches to be on mission in their setting, we also encourage churches to part- 
ner together to do missions literally all around the world. We are a mission-minded Association. 

This history will take you on a journey of 1 50 years. It will also help you learn more about our family of church- 
es. I encourage you to read it with a sense of gratitude for the past, an awareness of the present, and a challenge for 
the future. 

Lansford Jolley, our Association Historian, is a life -long member of one of the thirteen founding churches — Boiling 
Springs Baptist Church. His expertise as a historian and appreciation for the work of Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association, Inc., combine to create this fine written history. For this I am grateful. 




I think 



ill be inspired as you read of our rich heritage of vision, faith, and ministry. I heartily recom- 



mend this book to ministers, church members, friends, supporters, and other readers. 



Leland A. Kerr 

Executive Director 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association, Inc. 



KINGS MOUNTAIN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

OFFICERS AND STAFF 

2000 - 2001 



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Leland A. Kerr 

Executive Director 




Joe Collins 

Church Development Director 




Charles Reed 

Director, 
Church ^Community Ministries 




Margaret Lipscomb 

Administrative Assistant 




Judy Franks 

Financial Secretary 




Teresa Davis 

CCM Assistant 



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Baptists in Europe and North America 

A Brief History 




t the beginning of a new century 
and a new millennium, the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association, founded 
in 1851, will celebrate in 2001 its 
sesquicentennial or first 150 years as an Association. 
However, to better understand the history of our 
Association, we need to have some insight into the ori- 
gins and development of Christianity. The writer will 
very briefly trace the story of Baptists in Europe and 
North America before explaining in more detail 
Baptists in North Carolina and the history of the Kings 
Mountain Association. 

Other denominations often pinpoint their origin by 
naming a man and a place of origin, but it is more difficult 
with Baptists. Some might contend that the Baptists go 
back to John the Baptist. However, John the Baptist was the 
forerunner of Christ, and as Hershel Hobbs stated, "I 
would not want to go back behind Christ to determine our 
origin" (Hobbs, The People Called Baptists, Oklahoma 
Baptist University, 1981, p. 11). We Baptists believe that 
our faith and practices are based on the Bible, including the 
New Testament story of the birth, death, and resurrection 
of Christ, the founding of the early churches, and Jesus s 
command, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptiz- 
ing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy 
Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even 
unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28: 1 9-20). This idea 
of winning converts was something rather new in the 
Roman Empire into which Jesus was born. Most other 



religions, including Judaism, gave little or no emphasis to 
proselytizing or winning converts. 

So do we trace the Baptists back to New Testament 
times? We can certainly trace many or most ideas, beliefs, 
and practices of the modern Baptist church to the New 
Testament. However, most scholars believe that we cannot 
trace a Baptist organizational structure beginning in the 
early Christian church and continuing to the present. 

Baptist principles are grounded in what we believe to 
be the New Testament truths. However, by the second 
century A.D., forces were at work which Baptists and 
other Protestant groups now believe distorted the rather 
simple but profound teachings of the early Christian 
church or churches. Hobbs states: "The simple organi- 
zation of local New Testament churches became eventu- 
ally the hierarchical system of a monolithic church head- 
ed by a pope and claiming authority in both the political 
and spiritual spheres" (Hobbs, p. 11). 

The early Christian church was persecuted at times 
from Emperor Nero in the first century until the Fourth 
Century when Christianity became the recognized reli- 
gion in the Roman world. After the fourth century, the 
church and state or states often feuded, but at times 
cooperated, particularly in the inquisition designed to 
ferret out heretics. As the Eastern Roman or Byzantine 
Empire developed different political, social, and eco- 
nomic practices, the Christian church also developed 
two bases of spiritual power: one centered in Rome, the 
Catholic Church, and the other centered in 
Constantinople, the Eastern Orthodox Church. 



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The story of the Middle Ages following the fall of the 
Roman Empire is particularly the story of political forces, 
including kings and emperors and their relationship to 
popes and church hierarchies, which possessed varying 
degrees of power at different times in different places. 

In Western Europe for approximately a thousand 
years, persons were essentially born into the Catholic 
Church. While it is difficult to describe accurately the 
beliefs and practices of the Medieval Catholic Church, 
several patterns developed including the following: (1) 
The church consisted of the hierarchy, and outside the 
church, there was no salvation. (2) Faith somewhat 
passed into eclipse, and direct relations to God were not 
emphasized. (3) Confession was not made directly to 
God but to a priest (Hobbs, p. 12). 

In the meantime, there were people, considered 
heretics by the Catholic Church, who held on to much or 
some of the same faith and beliefs of the New Testament 
Church. Groups, driven underground, included those 
often taking the names of their leaders: the Waldensians, 
Peter Waldo, and the Mennonites, Menno Simon. Hobbs 
calls these groups our spiritual ancestors, but does not 
call them part of an organizational structure that can be 
traced from the early Christian Church to the earliest 
people that can be called Baptists. 

In the Sixteenth Century in Europe, there was a move- 
ment called the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther 
was a Catholic monk in Germany who studied, fasted, 
and prayed but believed God was a just God and would 
punish him as a sinful person. His spiritual exercises 
failed to bring him the desired peace of mind. However, 
in reading from the Apostle Paul, he meditated on scrip- 
ture stating "The just shall live by faith." Luther came to 
believe that the just lived by faith and faith alone. Luther 
questioned many of the teachings of the Catholic 
Church. In 1517, Luther posted on the church door at 
Wittenberg the Ninety-five Theses that he was ready to 
debate with the church, including the indelible character 
of the pope and priesthood . Luther believed that we are 



saved by the grace of God and that man has salvation as 
he in faith responds to the grace of God. ("By grace are 
you saved through faith.") He therefore attacked the sale 
of indulgences, the authority of the pope, and other prac- 
tices of the Catholic Church. Luther and his followers 
originally planned to promote reform in the church but 
eventually came to realize that there was no place for 
them in the Catholic Church. What therefore started out 
as a reform movement evolved into a revolt against the 
church and resulted in the founding of the Lutheran 
Church. While Luther and others, including John Calvin 
and Ulrich Zwingli, led in this religious organizational 
movement against the Catholic Church and the founding 
of other denominations, these were not Baptists, nor 
direct organizational forerunners of modern Baptists. 

In England, the revolt against the Catholic Church was 
not so much over theological differences as the desire of 
Henry VIII to control the church so that he could divorce 
his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and marry Ann 
Boleyn. In 1 5 34, the Act of Supremacy in England made 
Henry VIII the head of the Church of England. Under 
Henry VIII, men, women, and children who dissented 
from the beliefs of the Church of England were some- 
times burned at the stake. Soon thereafter, Henry VIII 
issued two proclamations against heretics in which he 
referred to Anabaptists. Anabaptists referred to groups 
who baptized again because they did not believe in infant 
baptism. By the Sixteenth Century, there were 
Anabaptists in England as well as in the Netherlands and 
other parts of Europe. Some were burned to death, and 
others were persecuted to death in various ways because 
of their heretical beliefs. Queen Elizabeth of England in 
1 560 warned all Anabaptists and other sectaries to depart 
from her realm within twenty-one days on pain of 
imprisonment and forfeiture of goods. 

In Switzerland, Conrad Grebel, Felix Mantz, George 
Blaurock, and others were arguing against infant baptism. 
One writer said that no persecution was ever more gratu- 
itous and unfounded. On March 7, 1 526, in Switzerland, 



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it was decreed by the Zurich Council that whosoever re- 
baptized would be drowned, and the threat was carried 
out against Mantz and others with similar beliefs. The 
story is that when Mantz was about to be cast into the 
stream by the executioners, he sang with a loud voice, 
"Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit," and there- 
with was drawn into the water and drowned (Veddar, A 
Short History of Baptists, 1 907, p. 1 39). Others were burned 
and put to death in various ways because of their beliefs, 
including the desire to be re-baptized. 

While many reformers were opposed to practices and 
teachings of the Catholic Church, the reformers Ulrich 
Zwingli, John Calvin, and Martin Luther and their fol- 
lowers were often opposed to the Anabaptist movement. 
Zwingli had once moved into the direction of opposing 
infant baptism, or at least supporting the movement to 
re -baptize. However, he refrained from following 
through and seemingly made no attempt to thwart the 
persecution of Anabaptists. 

Veddar (p. 145) states that the name Anabaptists 
stands in the literature of the Lutheran Reformation as "a 
synonym for the extremist errors of doctrine and the 
wildest excesses of conduct." It should be explained that 
in different places in Europe, the term Anabaptist had 
somewhat different meanings. Any one who dissented 
from orthodoxy and would not conform to the state 
church, whether Catholic or Protestant, might be called an 
"Anabaptist" (Veddar p. 146). However, the practice of 
baptizing again upon the profession of faith was the belief 
that brought some unity to the movement. 

The people called Anabaptists had never chosen that 
name, and many had maintained that it was not properly 
applied to them. These Anabaptists, who many considered 
fanatical in creed and immoral in conduct, were eventual- 
ly glad to be rid of the hated title of Anabaptists. Most sim- 
ply referred to themselves and others as the "brethren." 

While the story of the forerunners of the Baptists of 
today is somewhat murky in the 1500's, the story of the 
early days of Baptists becomes clearer in the 1600's. 



Many historians agree that the history of Baptist church- 
es dates from John Smyth, who together with a group of 
separatists (dissenters from the Church of England) fled 
from England to Holland. Convinced that the New 
Testament taught only believer's baptism, he baptized 
himself by pouring. Then he baptized thirty-six others. 
This, according to Hobbs (p. 1 3), happened about 1609- 
1610. Later the group questioned his authority to bap- 
tize, and some of his followers sought admission in the 
Mennonite Church. Most of them, however, led by 
Thomas Helwys and John Murton, returned to England 
where they formed the first Baptist church on English 
soil about 1611-1612. Soon thereafter, Helwys pub- 
lished his little book, A Short Declaration of the Mystery of 
Iniquity, which was addressed to King James I. In it he 
pledged the Baptist's loyalty to the King as a political fig- 
ure but denied his authority over the conscience in spiri- 
tual matters. He was put in Newgate Prison and 
probably died there. After the 1640's, the group 
was usually referred to as Baptists with the prefix 
Ana dropped (Hobbs, p. 14). Baptists, according to 
Hobbs, were the first English group to champion 
complete religious liberty Mead describes Baptists 
thus: (Hobbs, p. 14) 

They (Baptists) have never been a state church, never taken 
orders from any government or king [at the same time 
being good citizens where man's law did not conflict with 
God's law]; in their blood is an eternal insistence that the 
state shall rule only in affairs political, and let the church 
alone. They are God's patriots, putting allegiance to him 
always above allegiance to Caesar. Freedom of conscience 
and complete divorce of church and state! How they have 
suffered for that! They Jaced mockery and mud, fines, 
whippings and iron bars; [in Europe] they have been 
burned at the stake and pulled on the rack, but they have 
held to it. And note this: never once in their bitter, bloody 
history have they struck back at their persecutors or perse- 
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In England after 1689, Baptists and other non-Church 
of England groups experienced much toleration. 
However, as is often the case with religious groups, they 
seem to have had a commitment that grew strong during 
times of persecution, but granted more toleration, tend- 
ed to languish. This was true of the Baptists in England. 
Fifty years after the Edict of Toleration, instead of grow- 
ing, the Baptists of England were scarcely more numer- 
ous. Veddar states, "Their (the Baptists) spiritual power 
had dwindled to a painful state of deadness and ineffi- 
ciency. But the Baptists were not dead" (Veddar p. 2 36). 

At least by the latter part of the Seventeenth Century 
(1600's) in England, there were two groups, the particu- 
lar Baptists and the General Baptists. In 1677, the par- 
ticular churches published a modified form of the 
Westminster Confession, which they reissued in 1688. 
The basic doctrine of this confession is similar to the sys- 
tem of doctrines approved by some Baptist churches 
today. The General Baptist brethren issued a confession 
in 1768, which included a mild form of Calvinism. 

Meantime, there was a general decline in the caliber of 
ministers in the Church of England, as well as a decline 
in their commitment to the Christian cause. In plays and 
literature of the period, the clergy of the established 
church (Church of England) were depicted as drunken, 
lecherous, swearing, gaming persons. 

However, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and 
the great preacher George Whitefield, and others helped 
to develop a great wave of religious zeal over the entire 
English nation. Veddar states that England was born 
again, and the new life on which she then entered has 
lasted somewhat until the present day (p. 244). This 
awakening had its effect on all religious groups in 
England, including the Baptists. The man who did the 
most toward the regeneration of English Baptists was 
William Carey, the shoemaker. Carey heard the gospel 
preached, was convicted of sin, became converted, and 
diligently read the Bible. He was baptized on profession 
of faith in the Neu River on October 5 , 1 78 3 , by Dr. John 



Ryland, who wrote in his journal, "This day I baptized a 
poor journeyman shoemaker." In 1787, Carey was called 
to the pastorate of a little Baptist church at Moulton. The 
church was so poor that Carey could be paid very little. 
Therefore, he continued to study as he worked as a cob- 
bler. He is said to have learned seven languages in five 
years, including Greek and Hebrew. Carey became con- 
vinced that Christians should attempt to carry the gospel 
to the heathen everywhere. He did not get much 
encouragement at first. Dr. Ryland explained to Carey 
once as Carey was speaking, "Sit down young man. 
When the Lord gets ready to convert the heathen, he 
will do it without your help or mine." Carey was later 
appointed to preach the sermon at the meeting of his 
Association at Nottingham, England, on May 30, 1792. 
He chose as his text Isaiah 14:2-3 and announced, 
"Expect great things from God; and attempt great things 
for God." A resolution was passed at this meeting for the 
establishing of a missionary society to be presented at 
the next ministers' meeting (Veddar, p. 252). 

That meeting was held in Andrew Fuller's study at 
Kettering on October 2 , and then and there "The English 
Baptist Missionary Society" was organized with little 
money. The poorer churches in England raised enough 
money to send out Carey and a Baptist surgeon named 
Thomas to India in June 1793. Scholars say that Carey 
was not a great preacher but used his other skills to pro- 
mote the Kingdom of God. No one could equal him as a 
scholar, translator, and writer. Before his death, there 
had been issued under his supervision, he himself doing a 
large part of the work, versions of the Scriptures in forty 
different languages or dialects, spoken by a third of the 
people on the globe. Of these Scriptures, two hundred 
and twelve thousand copies had been issued (Veddar p. 
234). Eventually the learned societies of Europe recog- 
nized him as one of the greatest scholars of his age, but 
Veddar points out, "He was to the last a humble mis- 
sionary of the religion of Christ." Carey's work drew the 
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a great forward impulse, which it has never lost. The 
story of William Carey takes our historical narrative past 
the arrival of the first Baptists in North America. 
However, it is important to fit William Carey and his 
modern missionary emphasis into the story early. 

The first Baptists in the new world settled in New 
England. Baptists and other early settlers did not come 
directly to North Carolina because of the lack of deep- 
water ports. Baptists, therefore, had to pass through 
other sections of the country before arriving in 
Carolina. Huggins states that Baptists in the New 
World, except for Rhode Island, did not find an atmos- 
phere congenial to them. 

Roger Williams knew in boyhood what persecution 
meant, for within sight of his home in England, a lay 
preacher was burned as a heretic. When a ship sailed for 
New England in December 1630, Williams and his wife 
were aboard. After settling in Salem, Massachusetts, he 
became a teacher in the Salem Church, but soon because 
of his teachings came to be suspected of heresy by the 
authorities in Boston where, for all practical purposes, a 
theocracy had been established — church and govern- 
ment were one and the same. Williams meanwhile was 
friendly with the Indians and purchased some land from 
them in Providence, Rhode Island. There in 1638, he and 
twelve "friends and neighbors" founded the Rhode Island 
colony which was an "organization of a community on an 
unheard of principle of absolute religious liberty com- 
bined with perfect civic democracy." An effort was made 
to secure a charter from the English government, which 
would forever provide for a free church in a free state. In 
1663, such a charter was granted. In 1639, the First 
Baptist Church of Providence was established by Roger 
Williams. About 1639, Roger Williams was baptized by 
immersion along with several others. Thus he had repu- 
diated the baptism he had received as a child in the 
Church of England. 

While Puritans of New England wanted to reform or 
purify the Church of England, the Baptists wanted to sep- 



arate from the Church of England. To the Puritans of 
New England, who knew little about Baptists and their 
beliefs, the Baptists were considered radicals and if 
allowed to flourish, would cause the social order to dis- 
integrate. Therefore, the Baptists were persecuted. One 
example of religious intolerance and bigotry was the dis- 
missal of Henry Dunster from the presidency of 
Harvard College. Dunster became the first president of 
Harvard College in 1642. Twelve years later, he was 
compelled to resign his office because he had accepted 
some Baptists views. 

In the Seventeenth Century, Baptists settled in various 
English colonies in the northern area of what became the 
United States. The date of the First Baptist Church of 
Charleston in the south is given as 1685. Baptists in the 
middle colonies experienced much more toleration than 
in some other areas. A Baptist church was established in 
1688 in Philadelphia. 

The early Baptists in North Carolina came from 
Virginia, as did most of the early permanent settlers. 
Virginia was a crown colony, and during the period from 
1 642 to 1 677 when Sir William Berkeley was governor, 
a constant effort was made to enforce complete con- 
formity to the Church of England and thereby eliminate 
dissenters. Examples of obstructions and persecutions of 
Baptists in Virginia include the following: (1) David 
Thomas was prevented by a mob from preaching in 
Culpepper, and (2) the clergy of the established church 
attacked the Baptists from the pulpit, calling them false 
prophets and wolves in sheep's clothing. 

The early exploration of North Carolina and eventual 
settlement by settlers from Virginia is too long a story to 
tell. However, by 1654, there was a steady flow of set- 
tlers from Virginia into the area of the Albemarle Sound 
in the northeastern part of the state. While Jamestown, 
Virginia, had the first permanent English settlement in 
what became the United States, North Carolina had an 
earlier settlement on Roanoke Island, which came to be 
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While the first permanent settlers of North Carolina 
came from Virginia, others came from Pennsylvania, 
South Carolina, New Jersey, and other states. The set- 
tlers could not come directly by ship into North Carolina 
because of the forbidding and dangerous coastline. Cape 
Hatteras extends into the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," and 
inside the other capes are the shallow sounds unsuitable 
for heavy shipping. 

These first settlers into North Carolina had neighbors in 
the Native Americans (Indians). At the time the state was 
settled, it is estimated there were some 30,000 to 35,000 
Indians in the state. War and sickness early decimated the 
Indian tribes (Huggins p. 31). Some white leaders consid- 
ered the Indians as vermin, while the whites in general sold 
them "firewater," enslaved their children, and "debauched 
their women." The Indian influence still is observed in 
eleven North Carolina counties with Indian names. Ten of 
the Baptist Associations in the state bear Indian names 
(Huggins, p. 32). 

From 1663 to 1729 North Carolina was ruled by eight 
Lord's Proprietors. In 1729, the state became a royal 
colony. An attempt had been made to establish in North 
Carolina the Church of England, as it was in Virginia. By 
1729, governor Everhard wrote that there was not a sin- 
gle Anglican minister in North Carolina. However, 
Anglican churches later developed in the eastern part of 
North Carolina. 

Huggins reported that there were probably Baptists in 
the state before 1700, but there is no contemporary 
record of their presence in the state before June 12, 
1714. He stated that there was no Baptist preacher in the 
province prior to the coming of Paul Palmer in 1720. 
Palmer proved to be an effective evangelist and builder of 
churches (Huggins, p. 32) 

The years 1727 through 1729 marked several signifi- 
cant events including the founding of the first permanent 
Baptist church in North Carolina, Shiloh Baptist in the 
present county of Camden. Between 1729 and 1778, 
some fifty Baptist churches were founded in the state. 



Early Baptist ministers and evangelists in North 
Carolina are to be applauded for their efforts. However, 
writers including Huggins point out that quite often they 
established preaching points that never developed into 
churches. There was a shortage of ministers, few Bibles, 
and no Christian literature. Huggins contends that when 
the ministers preached and when certain persons seemed 
to be moved, they baptized them as soon as possible with- 
out requiring much evidence of repentance and faith as 
steps toward a real conversion experience. Some histo- 
rians are agreed that many of the Baptist preachers open- 
ly confessed that they were baptized before being con- 
verted, some saying that they did it in the hope of getting 
to heaven by it (Huggins, pp. 42,43,45). 

The decade between 1750-1760 produced two 
changes among Baptists of North Carolina: the General 
Baptists were in part won to the Particular Baptists' point 
of view, and some Separate Baptists came to North 
Carolina from New England in 1755. The differences 
between the earlier General Baptists and the later 
Particular Baptists are not always clear. Particular Baptist 
ministers seemed to have a better understanding of the 
Bible and the theological tenants of being saved by grace 
through faith and other beliefs now held by Baptist 
churches. As these larger General Baptist churches 
became Particular Baptist churches, many of them had a 
decline in membership. Some members realized that 
their original Christian beliefs were lacking in knowledge 
and understanding while others didn't approve of these 
Particular Baptist preachers taking over in the churches. 
Often members were tested on their beliefs and had to 
show Christian insight to remain members of the church- 
es (Veddar, p. 218). Great care was taken in admission of 
members, the effort being to admit only the redeemed of 
the Lord in whom Christ was revealed as the hope of 
glory. Those thus gathered in this manner covenanted to 
live holy lives; they would meet together every Lord's 
day for worship and mutual edification; they would keep 
the day holy and take care of their families; at all times 



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they would behave themselves as the redeemed of Jesus 
Christ. These new churches were different, as their 
membership was thought to be only the very elect. 

One interesting aspect of their covenant was the 
pledge to keep secret their church affairs. It gave these 
church members a character of greater separateness and 
sanctity in the eyes of their members, who seemingly 
came to regard their churches very much as the members 
of some secret societies of today regard their orders as 
being secret. With the Reformation from General to 
Particular Baptist churches came a new standard of 
church membership in North Carolina (Veddar, p. 220). 

In the Eighteenth Century came a new group of 
Baptists, the Separate Baptists, who not only established 
new churches, but aided in a further reorganization of 
existing churches. To understand these Baptists, we 
must look at the atmosphere out of which they came and 
the reason they came to be called Separates (Huggins 
p. 50). The term "Great Awakening" is used to describe 
the great revival which began in New Jersey and New 
England about 1726 and which spread into the Middle 
Atlantic and Southern states. This period produced many 
great preachers, evangelists, and leaders, including 
Jonathan Edwards of Massachusetts, John Wesley, who 
labored in Georgia in 1736-1737, and Morgan Edwards, 
a Baptist of Philadelphia. These men preached with 
emphasis upon conversion. The emotional appeal was 
ever present, and many of the preachers came to use the 
holy tone and violent gestures, while converts were 
moved to expressions of ecstatic joy accompanied by the 
holy laugh or weeping. The strict Separatists had but lit- 
tle patience with perfunctory church membership. They 
insisted upon an experience of regeneration, so they sep- 
arated themselves from what they called half-way meas- 
ures (Huggins p. 50). 

Baptists were eventually split into Regular and 
Separate churches. The Separatists insisted that the Bible 
alone was their guide in all matters concerning faith and 
conduct. Because of their insistence upon the possibility 



that one could be inspired and directed by the Holy 
Spirit, these Separatists were called "New Lights" 
(Huggins p. 51). 

The word "Separatists" appeared in church history and 
literature long before it appeared in New England. The 
Protestant Reformation of the 1 500's had been in reality 
a separation from the Catholic Church. Roger Williams 
and John Smyth likewise had separated themselves from 
the Church of England. Two important clergymen in the 
Separatist movement in North Carolina in the 1750's 
were Shubal Starns and his brother-in-law, Daniel 
Marshal (Huggins p. 51) 

Other denominations in North Carolina included 
the Quakers, Moravians, Lutherans, and 
Presbyterians. However, by the outbreak of the 
Revolution in 1775, the Baptists of one variety or 
another had come to be the most numerous denomi- 
nation in the North Carolina colony, according to 
Newsome and Lefler, who have written several books 
on North Carolina history (Huggins p. 57). 

Early Baptist associations were formed in the Colonial 
Period, including two in North Carolina: the Sandy 
Creek Association in 1758 and the Kehukee Association 
in 1769. By 1760, the Separate churches in North 
Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia were sending mes- 
sengers to the Sandy Creek annual meeting, and the 
Association grew year by year as churches multiplied. 
Two things are of particular interest about these early 
associations: (1) the broad geographical representation 
with churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, and 
Virginia, and (2) the theological differences that existed 
within and between the churches. Much of the contro- 
versy was between the Separate and Particular Baptists. 
The Ketockton Association in 1 769 sent three messen- 
gers to the Sandy Creek Association with a plea for 
peace. They asked, "If we are all Christians, all Baptists, 
all New Lights, why are we divided? Must the name reg- 
ular and separate break the golden bond of charity, and 
set the sons and daughters at variance?" 



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Huggins (p. 47) quotes from Purefoy words that are 
worth repeating because their value is somewhat time- 
less. "There are two peculiarities of the Baptist churches 
that will eventually free them from error, and bring them 
to see eye to eye, and speak the same things in Christ, 
namely that each church is an independent body and that 
they will hold nothing as a tenet of faith that has not for 
it a 'Thus saith the Lord.' They are not shackled by a 
human creed, and have no confession of faith, and no 
Book of Discipline, but the New Testament. While 
emphasizing the independence of the local church, they 
also recognized the 'interdependence' of churches." 

Huggins (p. 67) explains that by 1770 the large area 
from which churches had come was recognized as a 
problem, and in that year the term "Sandy Creek 
Association" referred only to those churches in North 
Carolina that made up the Association. In addition to 
problems previously mentioned, several actions and atti- 
tudes eventually caused resentment. Included among 
these was the fact that ministers were ordained not by the 
churches but by the Association. At times the Association 
did not hesitate to exercise authority over the churches 
and thereby reduce their autonomy. This does not seem 
to be true in present day relationships between 
Associations and their churches. When speaking of what 
is part of Baptist belief and tradition, we must be care- 
ful. For example, the Sandy Creek Church, which was 
a member of the Sandy Creek Association, had in its 
early period, not two ordinances but nine rites which 
they practiced: Baptism by immersion, the Lord's 
Supper, Love Feasts, laying on of hands, washing feet, the 
Kiss of Charity, the right hand of fellowship, anointing of 
the sick, and the devoting of children. The last rite was 
often referred to as "dry Christening," perhaps satirical- 
ly (Huggins p. 68). 

The other early association, the Kehukee, will not be 
discussed in detail. However, it should be pointed out 



that the news of William Carey and his activities in 
beginning the modern missionary movement had found 
its way back to this Association. 

At the time of the outbreak of the American 
Revolution, which most North Carolina Baptists sup- 
ported, Baptists had come to be not only the most 
numerous but the most rapidly growing group in the 
colony and became the leading opponents of the 
Established Church (the Church of England). Huggins (p. 
99) states that the general religious conditions in the state 
about 1795 cannot evoke praise. The estimated popula- 
tion of the state was about 394,000 in 1790, and total 
church membership was about 15,000. Estimating that 
forty percent of the total population was too young for 
membership, one must conclude that only one out of 
every sixteen of the potential church membership was a 
member of any church, much lower than the percentage 
of people today who belong to a church. By 1792, the 
Baptists not only had the largest religious group in the 
state, but they had as many members as all other groups 
in the state. 

Between 1765 and 1860, church expansion continued 
in North Carolina west of the Yadkin River. Two illustra- 
tions show how churches in this period disciplined some 
of their members (Huggins p. 141) Unfaithfulness to 
marriage vows brought a certain expulsion. Such was 
the case when "Sister R.E." brought a charge against 
"Brother WE." concerning his misbehavior with a young 
woman. Fiddling, dancing, and frolicking were also 
frowned upon by the churches. "Sister S.C." confessed 
that she tarried too long in a carnal company, partaking 
of carnal conduct by permitting the fiddler to sit on her 
lap and "There to play the fiddle." Since she confessed 
that she had no fellowship with herself, "The church 
concluded to have no fellowship with her, at present." 



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Broad River Association 




the time the Broad River Association 
was formed in 1800, there were 
Baptist churches throughout most of the 
state of North Carolina. Several of the churches that 
later in 1851 formed the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association came out of the Broad River Association. The 
Broad River Association was composed of churches in 
three or four counties in South Carolina and of churches 
scattered over several counties in North Carolina. These 
North Carolina counties with the dates of their establish- 
ment were as follows: Burke, 1777; Rutherford, 1779; 
Lincoln, 1779; Cleveland, 1841; Catawba, 1842; Gaston, 
1846; and Polk, 1855. These counties covered an area 
sixty miles long and fifty miles wide. 

When first organized, the Broad River Association 
consisted of churches which were, according to Logan 
(p. 2), dismissed by letter from the Bethel Association. To 
get a fuller history of the Broad River Association, one 
should read John R. Logan's Sketches Historical and 
Biographical of the Broad River and Kings Mountain Baptist 
Associations from 1800 to 1882. Much of the material that 
follows dealing with the Broad River Association comes 
from his book. 

In the Broad River Association, the churches recog- 
nized the Association as an advisory council. The collec- 
tive interpretation of the Association in matters particu- 
larly related to discipline and Biblical interpretation was 
felt to be superior to the interpretation of the local church 
leaders. This policy did not seem to violate the principal 
of the autonomy of the local church because the local 
church was asking for advice, not that the Association 
made a decision that would be binding on the churches. 
There was obviously a considerable disagreement at the 
church and associational level. Logan reports, "It is obvi- 



ous from reading the minutes of 1805 that the Broad 
River Association for a few years past was experiencing a 
sad state of declension — from what particular cause we 
are unable to say. It is hardly supposed that emigration 
was the cause of all of it. We are rather inclined to think 
the body had not been properly at work in the cause of the 
Master. We can discover among the constituency of the 
body nothing of a practical or religious nature beyond a 
doting over questions which engender little else than 
strife or vain glory" (Logan p. 24). 

At associational meetings of the Broad River 
Association, interesting and condemnatory comments 
would often be made about false teachers (Logan p. 45). 
At the 1828 session, the minutes stated, "Now here is a 
list of eight false teachers — wolves in sheep's clothing — 
who, in addition to those already noticed, are traversing 
the county over, their throats doubtless being as open as 
sepulchers, their tongues full of deceitful lying, having 
the poison of asps concealed under them, and their lips 
full of malicious mischief for the purpose of beguiling the 
unwary or unsuspecting." Logan does not make clear 
who decided and on what basis these ministers were 
labeled as false prophets. 

Despite the problems that existed in the churches and 
at the associational level, there is evidence of ministers 
who had a better understanding of scripture than in an 
earlier period and of churches whose members were 
growing in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of 
the Lord. 

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina was 
founded in 1830, some twenty-one years before the 
Kings Mountain Association came into being. There was 
a struggle within the Baptist ranks over the founding of a 
college. The Primitive Baptists were opposed to an edu- 



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cated ministry and considered religious education incon- 
sistent with the "divine call to ministry." Primitive 
Baptists split from the main body of the church, the 
Separatists or Missionary Baptists, in 1 830, and on March 
26 of that year, the latter body organized the Baptist State 
Convention with Patrick Dowd as president and Samuel 



Wait as secretary. The new institution, located in the for- 
est of Wake County or Wake Forest opened with twenty- 
five students in 1 8 34 under the principalship of Reverend 
Samuel Wait (Lefler, HughTalmage and Newsome, Albert 
Ray, North Carolina, The History of a Southern State, The 
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1973) 




Sandy Run Baptist Church, Mooreshoro, North Carolina. Mother 
Church of The Sandy Run Association, 
(sketch by artist Charles P. Logan) 




Baptized anytime of the year. Early Baptisms often took place in 
rivers, ponds, etc. The above picture took place on the Hatcher 
Green Jarm, presently owned by fulius H. Frazier. 




Drury Dobbins Monument 

The two persons standing by the monument 

are direct descendants of Reverend Dobbins 

and are members of Sandy Run Baptist 

Church. They are Mrs. Ralph Blanton and 

Mr. William Greene. 

The above pictures came from the history of 

Sandy Run Baptist Church written by Wade 

W. Bridges 



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The Kings Mountain Association 
is Formed in 1851 



n 1851, when the Broad River Association met with the Sandy Run Church, several churches requested 
letters of dismissal to form a new body. Thirteen churches left the Broad River Association to form the 
Kings Mountain Association. The total membership of these churches was 1,325. The names of the con- 
stituent churches and the delegates from each are given in the list below: 








Kings Mountain Association Delegates 


1. 


Buffalo: 




5. 


Mt. Sinai: 

John Webber 




Robert McBrayer 
Caleb Bridges 




B.E. Rollins 
Elijah Turner 
William Hamrick 




6. 


Beaver Dam: 
William McSwain 


10. 


Double Springs: 

Joseph Suttle 
Milton Gold 




John Turner 






Elijah Eskridge 




Daniel P. Gold 


2. 


Zion: 

Thomas Dixon 




7. 


Pleasant Hill: 

Moore Martin 


11. 


Bethel: 

Dove Pannell 




John Bailey 






Marcus L. Ross 




George Hamrick 
William H. Hardin 




William Covington 




8. 


Zoar: 




3. 


New Bethel: 






William H. Greene 


12. 


Mt. Pleasant: 




Richard T Hord 






John R. Logan 




G W Rollins 




A.S. Elam 






Barnette Putnam 
William H. Cabaniss 




Merida Jolly 


4. 


Boiling Springs: 










William B. Hames 




David and Asa Hamrick 


9. 


Sandy Run: 


13. 


First Broad River: 




David D. Durham 






Edmond Jones 
E.R Jones 




Sent no delegates 



The forming of a new Association had been promoted 
by Elder Drury Dobbins and others and was quite dis- 
pleasing to some of the older men of the Broad River 
Association, but reluctantly the letters were granted. 
Moreover, as reported by Huggins (p. 182), a rather 
strange proceeding followed. The majority after voting 
to grant the letters also voted that the delegates from the 



dismissed churches had no right to participate in the 
deliberations of the body "during the present session." 
They elected Micajah C. Barnett to act as clerk and 
immediately dismissed John R. Logan as clerk, although 
he had served for years as clerk or vice-clerk of the Broad 
River Association. The action occurred on Saturday, but 
when a resolution considered as an "amende honorable" 



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was passed, it expressed fraternal regard for the new 
body (Huggins p. 183). 

As Huggins explains, the action taken by the North 
Carolina churches was wise, since it brought the North 
Carolina churches in touch with the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina and the Western 
Convention, formed in 1845 (Huggins p. 183). Prior to 
1850, the churches located in North Carolina had but 
little contact with affairs in the Old North State. The 
Broad River Association had supported foreign missions 
since Luther Rice attended the meeting of 1816. The 
session of 1851 took up a mission offering. However, 
that particular offering of 1851 was not taken to the 
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina but to the 
South Carolina convention. 

Two early outstanding leaders of the Broad River 
Association and the Kings Mountain Association were 
Drury Dobbins and J. M. Webb. Dobbins served many 
years as moderator and came to be the acknowledged 
leader of the Broad River Association. As Reverend 
Dobbins grew older, he became jealous of a rising young 
man, James M. Webb, of the High Shoals Church who 
became known as the Appolos of the Association. Webb 
had experience in the state legislature, was a good 
debater, and at times opposed some views held by 
Dobbins. Huggins (pp. 183-184) cites this story: 

A young bridegroom engaged Webb to conduct the rites of 
matrimony. At about the same time the father of the bride 
and a deacon invited Dobbins to be present and to partake 
of the matrimonial feast. When, however, Dobbins arrived, 
a little late, dinner was waiting. Where upon the bride- 
groom expressed regret that he did not arrive sooner as the 
ceremony was over. Mortified because he had been sup- 
planted by Webb when he had taken it for granted that he 
would perform the ceremony, Dobbins mounted his mare at 
once and without waiting for dinner took the most direct 
route to his home. When, however, Dobbins died in 1847, 
it was Webb who preached the memorial sermon. Of 



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Dobbins it was said that he preached for less money and 
was less complained of than any other living man of his 
time and that he preached for Sandy Run Church forty 
years or more, for about as many dollars. 

Most of the ministers of the early Broad River 
Association and Kings Mountain Association, who were 
dedicated to serving Christ, were men of ability. 
However, it must be said that far too many proved them- 
selves not fit for the Christian ministry, and such men the 
Association did not hesitate to expose (Huggins p. 184). 

When the Association met at Pleasant Hill Church in 
1859, a section of the report of the committee on the 
State of Religion report read: 

Your committee would further recommend that great care 
should be taken to discourage and restrain the grossly 
ignorant in a public course which can only be calculated 
to bring odium and reproach upon the cause of Christ. Let 
the slanderous charge 'That Baptists are guilty of 
Jeroboam's sin of making priests of the lowest order of the 
people be wiped from our escutcheon! 

After serving many years as clerk for the Broad River 
Association, John R. Logan became the first clerk of the 
Kings Mountain Association. Logan also drew up the 
first constitution of the Kings Mountain Association. 

At the associational meetings in this early period of the 
Kings Mountain Association, emphasis was given to 
finances, Sabbath schools, temperance, and state of reli- 
gion among the churches. By the tenth annual session, 
there were twenty-six churches in the Association with a 
membership of 2,746. Temperance resolutions were 
passed at several associational meetings. It seems that 
some churches complied with the temperance resolutions 
and others were declared to be in noncompliance. This 
problem was illustrated at the eleventh annual session at 
Lincolnton in 1861. A report was given by the committee 
sent the year before to Walls Church to form a proper idea 
of the state of feeling of the vexed question of temperance: 



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We met at Walls meeting house on the 28th and 29th days 
of December, 1860, and after a full and fair investigation 
of all the facts presented find twenty-six white members 
besides three colored ones standing firmly upon the subject 
of temperance, and laboring to carry out the resolution of 
jour body at its session of 1859 including three deacons of 
said church. We also ascertained the facts connected with 
the transaction on said church prior to the meeting of the 
committee as follows: That at the November meeting the 
church met but having no regular supply, did not sit in con- 
ference, and as the twenty-six members understood, agreed 
to have no meeting until the meeting of the committee, hut 
at the time of the December meeting that part of the church 
opposed to temperance met, preferred charges and excluded, 
or pretended to exclude the eight members who petitioned 
your body for a committee which they did, as they confessed 
to your committee for the enormous crime of joining the 
temperance party. And all this business transaction with a 
man presiding as moderator whom your body decided at its 
last session was in disorder, and moreover the said anti-tem- 
perance part of the church holds and refuses to surrender 
the church book, and although the keys with the house were 
in the possession of the temperance part of the church, the 
antis have fastened the house with three additional locks, 
and when your committee met, obstinately and wickedly 
refused to let the committee or congregation enter the 
house.Your committee, therefore, has no hesitancy in pro- 
nouncing the twenty-six white members with the three col- 
ored as the regular Baptist church at Walls and the anti- 
temperance party as a rebellious faction in gross disorder, 
and not worthy of the name of Baptists. 

This report was respectfully submitted by L.M. Berry, 
G.W. Rollins, and J.C. Lattimore and was printed in the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association History, 1851-1951, 
pages 74-75 . 

At every associational meeting, a circular letter was 
presented which dealt with doctrinal issues. One issue 
discussed was Repentance and the Lord's Supper. In 



addition to the usual agenda items, the War Between the 
States and the attitude of the Association and churches 
toward the war were often discussed. It was reported 
that missionary labor suffered during the war years 
because of the turmoil caused by the war. Many of the 
preachers on the mission field left their posts and went to 
war. This situation was also discussed in the 1851-1951 
history account (p. 75) published by the Association as 
the history of the first hundred years of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. 

The eleventh annual session in 1861 passed the fol- 
lowing resolution: 

The cruelWar Between the States had been inaugurated and 
battles fought by the contending parties which prompted 
the adoption of the following: Resolved: That in all the 
recent battles fought and won by the Confederate army since 
the commencement of the present unjust and unholy war 
upon the South by the abolitionists of the North, this 
Association recognizes the finger of God in his special prov- 
idence, interposing in our behalf as an oppressed section or 
nation for which a Christian body, we feel it to be our duty 
in deep humility to return thanks to the Supreme Ruler of 
the universe, whose right and prerogative to control not 
only the actions and destinies of men, but also of nations. 
We therefore agree to set apart the 25th of December and 
1st day of January next as days of fasting, humiliation, and 
prayer, and hereby request the pastors and supplies of 
churches in our union to assemble their congregations at 
their respective houses of worship on the days set apart for 
the worship of God. And we further invite the cooperation 
of all those who love God and our country in invoking His 
blessings upon our army and the cause of the oppressed, that 
He may thwart the evil machine of our enemies, give them 
better hearts and purer dispositions towards us, and finally 
restore peace and harmony to our once happy but now dis- 
tracted and bleeding country. 

At several Association meetings in the period of the 
War Between the States, other ideas were expressed 



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including the following: (a) The war was considered an 
unholy war upon the South by the abolitionists of the 
North. The churches were invited to pray for the south- 
ern armies and the cause of the oppressed that God might 
thwart the evil machine of their enemies, (b) The 
Christian citizens of the South were asked to give support 
to the young men who fought for the Confederacy. One 
resolution stated, "Let them be kindly taken by the hand 
by every Christian patriot and philanthropist and proper- 
ly encouraged and cheered for their noble and valiant 
deeds of daring in defense of what they honestly con- 
ceived to be their dearest rights and interests." (c) The 
work of political reconstruction in the South following 
the war was abhorred. Blame was placed on the 
Carpetbaggers from the North and the Scalawags, 
Southerners who worked with the Carpetbaggers to pro- 
mote the cause of the Negro in the South, with the idea 
that these groups would be able to control the politics of 
the South. Explanation was given in the associational 
minutes for the rise of the Ku Klux Klan as an organiza- 
tion necessary to hold on to certain southern ideals, (d) 
Resolutions were passed in tribute to men who died in 
fighting for the cause of the South. 

In the Cleveland County Centennial edition of The 
Shelby Daily Star in August 1940, Mr. J.R. Davis reported 
that Cleveland County's soldiers, following the War 
Between the States, returned to their dilapidated homes 
with the fixed purpose of rebuilding their county. The 
farmers who were once wealthy and lived in style and 
extravagance for their day were in poverty. Before and 
during the war the Negro had no church of his own but 
worshipped with the white people. Often sermons were 
directed to the slaves admonishing them to obey their 
masters, but as soon as the war was over, a separation of 
races began to take place in all denominations. By 1 872, 
the two races were entirely separated in their worship. 
The article also reported that membership of the church- 
es increased more rapidly during the war than in any 
period just previous to it. The war seemed to serve as an 



impetus to get people to join the churches. The number 
of churches in Cleveland County during the decade of 
1860 to 1870 was thirty-seven: one Presbyterian, fifteen 
Methodist, and twenty-one Baptist. 

Earlier explanation was given that nine ordinances had 
been practiced in some Baptist churches. At the twenty- 
first annual session in 1871 , an article was passed which 
read, "We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers who 
have been immersed upon a profession of faith are the 
only proper subject for the Lord's table." Baptism and the 
Lord's Supper by this time seem to have been accepted as 
the two ordinances that should be practiced in the 
churches of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 
However ordinances besides these two may have been 
observed in some churches later than 1 871 . The work of 
missions was mentioned very frequently and was pro- 
moted at most meetings of the Association. While 
emphasizing missions at the 1 872 associational meeting, 
"The body was thrown into great confusion by the sud- 
den appearance and curses of one Newton J. Long who, 
in a state of intoxication, came on the church yard with a 
body of United States Cavalry and, by their disorderly 
conduct, created such an excitement that the Association 
dispersed without a formal adjournment." Logan gives 
(p. 28) an explanation that the cavalry claimed to be look- 
ing for members of the K.K.K. 

Sunday School was promoted, but it was reported at 
the twenty-third session meeting with the Zion church in 
Cleveland County that half of the churches in the 
Association were without a Sunday School. However, 
formal education continued to be promoted, and various 
schools, including Wake Forest, were recommended as 
worthy of the finest efforts of the church. 

Efforts by the Association to establish a female acade- 
my in the area showed promise. A committee applied to 
the state legislature, a charter was written, trustees were 
appointed, and a very "eligible and suitable lot was given 
by C.C. Durham of Shelby on which to build the 



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school." Problems connected with the surveying of the 
planned streets in the city of Shelby were partially 
responsible for the school's not being established earlier, 
and the lot eventually reverted to the owner. However, 
by 1883 the female academy had been established and 
was seemingly doing well. A report at the 1883 associ- 
ational meeting included the statement: "The female 
academy in Shelby had proven to be a blessing to the 
young women of the Association. Reverend P.D. 
Mallory, head of the female college, and his assistants are 
doing a large and increasing work for the young women 
of the state." It was stated in the report that there were 
ninety-five young women enrolled at this time. 

The churches were being urged by the Association to 
recommend that their members read the Biblical Recorder. 
One report recommended: "That each church appoint 
one of her members to look after her interests to this 
respect, and endeavor to place the Recorder in every fam- 
ily throughout the bounds of the Association." Not only 
were the churches urged to take a lead in making the 
Recorder available but learning in general was encouraged. 
The mind needed to be fed and stimulated, especially 
with Christian literature. A report at the thirty-first con- 
vention included the following: "While stopping with 
one of the brethren who was affluent and surrounded by 
everything apparently necessary in a temporal point of 
view, the writer described that they became somewhat 
hungry for mental food." He wrote, "We found access to 
the library to make a selection of something to suit our 
taste when to our astonishment and chagrin, we could 
find nothing more than the fragments of a cheap copy of 
the Scriptures, a few school books, and probably a half 
dozen patent office reports." The Association report 
included the statement, "Religious literature is certainly 
too much neglected by Baptists generally within the 
bounds of the writer's knowledge "The report conclud- 
ed, "Let every parent feel that it is an imperative duty he 



owes his children to strew their pathway in life with the 
best of literature and plenty of it." 

Despite a lack of good literature, many of these early 
leaders are to be commended for their efforts in spread- 
ing the Gospel. Brother A.L. Stough had for some time 
been a missionary for the Kings Mountain Association 
and had received aid from the State Mission board. At the 
session in 1882 at Bethel Baptist Church in Rutherford 
County, he reported: "Dear Brethren, the time has 
arrived when it becomes my duty to submit my report to 
you as your missionary. I have traveled 1,880 miles, 
preached 207 sermons, attended thirty prayer meetings, 
aided in the constitution of two churches, ordination of 
eight deacons and one minister, visited 46 1 families reli- 
giously, received by letter and experience eighty-eight, 
supplied five churches, and occasionally preached at five 
outstations, attended eight protracted meetings and 
organized three Sabbath schools" (Kings Mountain 
Association History 1851-1951, p. 96). 

Up to this point in the story of the Kings Mountain 
Association, the author has drawn material from the 
recorded history of John R. Logan. However, the death of 
Logan was reported at the thirty-fourth annual session of 
the Association held with Big Springs Church in 1884. 
The following is quoted from this report: 

John R. Logan joined our denomination about fifty years 
ago. He was delegated by his church jor many years to the 
Broad River Association and often served as the Association 
clerk. When the Kings Mountain Association was formed, 
he became a permanent member of the same and served for 
many years as clerk. In his last days, he wrote a history of 
our churches and ministers, which he left in manuscript, 
which we hope will be published. He has served his church 
as deacon Jor many years. He fell asleep suddenly in his 

field last April while giving instructions about his farm 
work — age 73 years (p. 98). 

The Association continued to support foreign mis- 
sions. During the meeting of the Association at Bethel in 



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Rutherford County, the foreign mission report included 
the following: The command of the Lord "Go ye into all 
the world and preach the Gospel to every creature" 
places upon every Christian believer a duty which he in 
no way can afford to neglect. The time has passed if it 
ever existed when we need to inquire, 'Do foreign mis- 
sions pay?' The success attending our foreign missions has 
already demonstrated the fact the Lord blesses this work, 
perhaps as he does no other, for statistics show more con- 
versions under the preaching of the foreign missionaries 
than can be shown by the same number of preachers in 
any part of the Christian world. Missionaries of our 
Southern Baptist Convention are laboring in places 
including China, Italy, Africa, France, South America, 
India, and Mexico. 

As the associational meetings concerned themselves 
with education, evangelism, temperance, state of the 
churches, etc., the meetings of the Association in the 
1 880's gave attention to financial support of pastors. For 
the members of present day churches in the Association, 
it would be difficult to understand meager pastor's salaries 
in the 1 880's, as well as the lack of worship services each 
Sunday. At the same thirty-fourth session at which the 
death of John R. Logan was reported, a report on pastor's 
salaries explained that there were eighteen churches who 
had not paid any salary to their pastors, except in food and 
perhaps clothing. Those receiving salaries received very 
little with the annual amount ranging from $9.90 to 
SI 5.00. The 1888 meeting of the Association at High 
Shoals urged support of ministers as follows: 

There is a great deal said about the extravagant salaries of 
ministers in the present day, hut in taking everything into 
consideration, ministers were never more poorly paid than 
the present ministers. The time was when a minister lost a 
horse, he could buy another good one for 1 / 3 less than 
they sell for now. The same is true in reference to provisions 
and everything a minister must have. It costs at least 2/3 
more to live now than it did twenty-five or thirty years 



ago. Ministers in those days got their salaries promptly 
and members sent them presents. The sisters gave him about 
all the socks he needed and occasionally a suit of clothes. 
The merchant sent him coffee, sugar and dry goods; the 
cobbler a pair of shoes and the machinist a set of chains, 
etc. And if he had to buy anything it was understood that 
instead of paying the highest price, he was to have it 
cheaper than anyone else. In this way the pastor was 
relieved of anxiety. These presents were sent to them in 
addition to their annual salary. 

At this time only one church was having services each 
Sunday, and only two churches were having services 
more than once a month. However, progress was being 
made in several areas of church activity. By the thirty- 
seventh (1 887) annual session held in New Bethel Baptist 
Church, it was reported that the Association had thirty- 
seven Sunday Schools with a membership of 2 ,229. Only 
three churches in the Association reported not having 
Sunday School. At the thirty-eighth annual session for 
the first time, mention was made of the appointment of 
delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention. Reverend 
Tom Dixon was their first delegate appointed. 

A brief history of each church will be presented in the 
later part of this book. However, a few general state- 
ments should be made about the early churches. These 
early members primarily traveled by horse and buggy. 
Therefore, the hitching post, not the parking lot for auto- 
mobiles, was one of the first things to find on reaching 
church. These early church goers did not enjoy the paved 
roads which modern worshippers enjoy. Most roads 
were simply dirt paths that turned into quagmires fol- 
lowing considerable rain or snow. 

As Brian Eades in his to be published book on 
Cleveland County explains, "Initial churches were often 
brush arbors or small structures that were later replaced 
by frame and eventually brick buildings." 

Because of the belief that church members should act 
in a Christ-like manner, the early churches often disci- 



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plined their wayward members. Some of the early 
churches expected all controversies between church 
members to be brought before a committee of discipline 
to adjudge such disputes. In Mrs. M.A. Jolley's History of 
Boiling Springs Baptist Church, she states: "In one case of 
discipline a woman was charged with having an illegiti- 
mate child. A deacon was appointed to cite her at the 
next meeting, at which time she was excluded from the 
church." It seems that at almost every church conference 
some member was cited for being intoxicated, Mrs. 
Jolley found. Stories could be told of church discipline in 
other churches in the Association. 

Churches continued to be added to the Association, 
and others asked to be dismissed by the Association, often 
to join other associations. By 1891 , the Association had 
thirty-one churches in union with 4,851 members, hav- 
ing baptized during the past year 283 and received 1 97 by 
letter. The total contributions during the past year were 
$5,964.50. It should be explained that a number of 
churches in the Kings Mountain Baptist Association were 
in Gaston County and other counties and today are not a 
part of the Kings Mountain Association. At the 1893 ses- 
sion, the Dallas and Gastonia churches were granted let- 
ters of dismissal to join South Fork Association. 

The Kings Mountain Association observed an important 
milestone at the fiftieth annual session held once again at 
Double Springs Baptist Church, where the body had first 
met and organized forty-nine years previously. The first 
session of the Association had been represented by only 
thirty-four delegates, and now forty-nine years later, the 
Association had thirty-four churches with 5 ,491 members. 
During these forty-nine years, 23,000 souls had been 
members of the body — almost as many as the population 
of Cleveland County in 1900. This seems to show that a 



high percentage of people in the county were Baptists. It 
may also illustrate Baptists moving in and out of the coun- 
ty. An interesting correction of the number of association - 
al meetings was made at the turn of the century. The 
History of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, published in 
1 95 1 , explains that the session of 1 857 was called the sixth 
session when it should have been the seventh and that the 
number of sessions in the minutes had been one too small. 
So, in the minutes of the new century, beginning in 1900, 
the minutes were corrected. 

The fifty-second annual session at Pleasant Grove 
Baptist Church heard the temperance committee report 
that in 1902 more than $1,000,000,000 had been spent 
in buying strong drinks to be consumed in the United 
States. This was contrasted with $5,500,000 given annu- 
ally by all Christian denominations to carry the Gospel to 
the nations of the earth. Despite this report showing mis- 
placed values, the clerk reported that the delegates to this 
session left the place feeling that in a neat, "pleasant build- 
ing," standing in a "Pleasant Grove," surrounded by a 
"pleasant people," the Association had held a very "pleas- 
ant session ."The "pleasantness" of the session carried over 
to the next session when the fifty-third annual session was 
held with the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Seemingly, it 
was a "pleasant session" with the minutes also stating that 
much more interest was shown in the discussions of the 
various reports than in previous years. After the report on 
education, a committee of five was appointed to study the 
wisdom and expediency of establishing and endowing a 
denominational high school. Five public high schools 
existed in the state at the turn of the century. Unless 
Baptists and other denominations provided high school 
education, the seventh grade would be the end of the line 
for even the brightest students. 



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vents in North Carolina at the turn of the 
century probably set the stage for greater 
interest in education. Charles B. Aycock 
became governor in 1 90 1 and advocated a "gospel 
of education." This new emphasis by the state government 
could only encourage a growing and developing interest 
of Baptists who were interested in the "Four R" curricu- 
lum, the fourth "R" being religious values. 

At the associational meeting at Double Springs in 
1 900, the Correspondence Committee had reported that 
the time had come for the education of all people as well 
as its ministers and they recommended the building of 
more Baptists schools. They asked, "Whom shall we 
leave here to advocate and defend our faith, the princi- 
ples we hold so dear, as against the attacks of those who 
reject them, if we fail to teach our children." (Jolley, 
Lansford, Dreaming Daring Doing: The Story of Gardner- 
Webb University, p. 12, Gardner-Webb Press, 1997.) 

In 1 904, a study committee gave a positive report, rec- 
ommending that a board of trustees for a high school be 
appointed at once. On October 10, 1904, the trustees 
met at the First Baptist Church in Shelby. The first board 
included W.W.Washburn, L.S. Jenkins, G.W Kendrick, 
J.M. Wilson, Reverend J.V. Devenny, G.H. Devenny, 
E.C. Borders, J.H. Quinn, A.T. Mull, G.A. Logan, A.C. 
Irvin, Carme Elam, E.B. Hamrick, N.B. Kendrick, L.S. 
Hamrick, and D.F. Putnam. 

A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the new school 
was held at Kings Mountain on September 21, 1905, in 
connection with the annual session of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. At this session, a resolu- 
tion was unanimously approved inviting the Sandy Run 
Association to join the Kings Mountain Association in 
erecting and operating the school. 



The Sandy Run Association agreed and provided its 
own additional Board of Trustees, including WA. 
Martin, Dr. T.G. Hamrick, T.M. Holland, A.S. Harrill, 
D.M. Harrill, Dr. T. B. Lovelace, J.H. Hamrick, J.J. 
Edwards, Reverend J.M. Hamrick, and J.C. Bridges. 
The two boards held their first joint meeting at Boiling 
Springs on October 27, 1905, and decided that the 
school should be known as Boiling Springs High School. 

Boiling Springs had been chosen at a meeting on July 
10, 1905, as the site of the new school. At a meeting 
at Boiling Springs in 1905, the school trustees 
appointed a committee composed of J.H. Quinn, J.F. 
Alexander, and Carme Elam to secure a charter. The 
charter was developed and accepted on December 2, 
1905. At the Sandy Run Association meeting in 1906, 
the messengers were informed that Boiling Springs 
High School, Incorporated, had been selected as the 
title for the school (Jolley, p. 1 3). 

Boiling Springs High School, the forerunner of Boiling 
Springs Junior College, Gardner- Webb Junior College, 
Gardner- Webb College, and Gardner-Webb University, 
operated as a boarding high school from 1907-1928. In 
addition to the boarding students, a large number of peo- 
ple who lived in the area also attended. Based on the 
number of students who attended college after finishing 
Boiling Springs High School, and reports of students and 
faculty who attended or taught in the high school, it can 
be rightly acclaimed that the school provided quality high 
school education with a definite Christian emphasis. For 
a more thorough study of the school, the readers should 
consult Lansford Jolley 's History of Gardner- Webb University. 

J.D. Huggins served as principal, co-principal, or assis- 
tant principal throughout the high school period. 
Huggins along with Miss Etta Curtis, long-time dean of 



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women in the high school; E.B. Hamrick, local merchant 
and philanthropist; Reverend J.W. Suttle; and many oth- 
ers played significant roles in keeping the school alive and 
producing a high school with quality Christian education 
from 1907-1928. However, without the sponsorship and 
support of the Kings Mountain Association and Sandy 
Run Association, this high school would never have lived 
to develop into Gardner- Webb University of today, of 
which Baptists can be proud. Gardner- Webb will be 
eternally grateful to these associations along with the 
Gaston and Green River associations for founding and 
nourishing the school for some forty years before 
Gardner- Webb became, in the 1940's, one of the seven 
Baptist colleges supported by the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina. 

During the time of Boiling Springs High School, there 
had been built many Baptist high schools in many parts of 
the state. Baptist leaders came to realize that as the state 
tax supported school systems emerged, these church sup- 
ported high schools could not compete. Thus many of the 
schools simply closed. Boiling Springs High School 
vulnerable, because students could go to the new publi 
schools in their communities more cheaply. So the high 
school adapted by becoming a junior college in 1928. The 
enrollment in the high school had peaked in 1919-1920 
when 366 students enrolled. In 1924-1925, there were 
272 students. The enrollment further declined until 
1927-1928 when only 138 attended. 

The fifty -sixth session of the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association in 1 906 for the first time included a detailed 
report on Woman's Missionary Societies. During the two 
preceding years, there had been only two missionary soci- 
eties to report with one Sunbeam group. In July of the 
year 1906, a Mrs. Follet visited nearly all churches in the 
Association and organized forty-four active Woman's 
Missionary societies. Women were obviously participat- 
ing in and supporting mission activities of the Association 
in various ways. At the fifty-seventh annual convention, it 
was reported that women's gifts through the Association 



was 
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for the past ten years 
to all mission work 
were four times what 
they were in any pre- 
vious ten years. 

By the fifty-ninth 
annual session in 
1909 at Boiling 
Springs, the 

Association was 

drawing well known 
visitors from the state 
of North Carolina. 
Visitors received on 
the first day were S.F. 
Conrad of Charlotte; 
Dr. R.T Vann, presi- 
dent of Meredith 
College, formerly 
Baptist Female 

University of 

Raleigh; Dr. L. 
Johnson, secretary of 
the State Mission 
Board; Dr. S.J. 
Porter, vice-president 

of the Foreign Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia; 
Reverend J.R. Pruett of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
associations; Brother Archibald Johnson, editor of Charity 
and Children in Thomas ville; and Brother Fred Brown of 
the Buncombe Association. This seems to be more 
guests connected with state, national, and local Baptist 
work than attend most associational meetings in modern 
times. However, in modern times, we have more guests 
attending from South Africa and other parts of the world 
in which the Kings Mountain Association has become 
involved. 

Early in the twentieth century, Reverend Thomas 
Dixon, Jr. was chosen on several occasions to be a dele- 



Rev. Wade D. Bostick 

Wade Dobbins Bostick 
was born January 22, 
1874, in Rutherford 
County. He was reared 
in Cleveland County. 
He went to China as a 
missionary in 1 904 
where he served for thir- 
ty-one years as a mis- 
sionary of the Southern 
Baptist Convention. 



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gate to the Southern Baptist Convention. Reverend 
Dixon was significant not only for his own service but 
also for the later work of his sons, Thomas Dixon, Jr., 
and A.C. Dixon. Despite poor educational opportunities, 
the elder Dixon learned to read in Sabbath School and 
became a close student of the Bible. The elder Tom 
Dixon began his career as a Baptist minister when quite 
young. It is estimated that during his ministry, he bap- 
tized at least 5,000 people. As evidence of his populari- 
ty as a man and as a minister, he was pastor of New 
Prospect Church for fifty-seven years, never asking his 
church for support, always accepting only whatever con- 
tributions they voluntarily gave him. Yet he was able to 
provide liberal education for his three sons (Reverend 
A.C.;Thomas, Jr.; and Frank) and Frank's daughters (Dr. 
Delia Dixon Carroll and Mrs. Addie Dixon Thacker). 
The Kings Mountain associational minutes record ofTom 
Dixon, Sr., "He was a Southern gentleman of the highest 
type," and "a patriarch of a great Baptist Tribe of the Kings 
Mountain Association." His children distinguished them- 
selves in various areas of endeavor. Thomas, Jr., a native 
of Cleveland County, became one of the most successful 
American novelists of the early Twentieth Century and 
wrote the screenplay for The Birth of a Nation based on his 
novel The Clansman. During his lifetime, he practiced law 
and politics but eventually became a minister of the 
Gospel. In twenty-five years, Dixon wrote twenty nov- 
els, nine plays, and the script for five motion pictures out 
of which he made $1,250,000. However, several bad 
investments caused Dixon to die broke (Jolley, p. 63). 

His brother, Reverend A.C. Dixon, pastored in sever- 
al of the leading churches in America, including Moody's 
Tabernacle in Chicago, and climaxed a distinguished 
career when he accepted the call to Spurgeon's Great 
Tabernacle in the city of London. The book collection of 
both Thomas Dixon, Jr., and A.C. Dixon are housed in 
the Dover Memorial Library of Gardner-Webb 
University (Jolley, p. 63). 



The report of the 1912 session at Mount Zion Church 
showed that in some ways it was the best of times and in 
other ways the worst of times. Three hundred had been 
added by baptism during the past year. However, Sunday 
School statistics showed a loss of over 300 in total mem- 
bership over the past year. 

At the 1913 meeting at Kings Mountain, Brother J.W 
Suttle was elected moderator. For the next four decades, 
Reverend Suttle was to be a powerful positive force in the 
Kings Mountain Association and an enthusiastic supporter 
of the institution that evolved into Gardner- Webb 
University. This country preacher, Gardner- Webb trustee, 
Kings Mountain Association moderator and supporter, and 
well-known preacher throughout North Carolina became 
president of the Baptist State Convention of North 
Carolina in 1 948. In 1958 Reverend Suttle was the subject 
of a biography, Canaan in Carolina: Reverend John Suttle, by 
Dr. Wyan Washburn 

Telling of his fundraising activities for the Boiling 
Springs High School, Reverend Suttle said, "I drove my 
horse and buggy all over Cleveland and Rutherford coun- 
ties during the fall of 1909, trying to get a little money 
for the new building which had been authorized by the 
Kings Mountain and Sandy Run associations. Most of the 
gifts were nickels, dimes, and quarters, with a few dol- 
lars and occasionally ten dollars. Very rarely was there a 
promise of one hundred dollars." After one day of col- 
lecting, Reverend Suttle reported, "When I got home 
that night, I had $3.20 in cash and 68 cents pledged. The 
only other thing I got that day was a good dinner of fresh 
beans, cornbread, and blackberry pie and some oats for 
my horse." It has been estimated that Reverend Suttle 
served more churches, usually several at the same time, 
preached more sermons, and baptized more people than 
any other Southern Baptist preacher (Jolley, p. 33). 

Usually a pastor in the Association was assigned a year 
in advance to preach the sermon at the next association- 
al meeting. However, it was found that at the 1915 asso- 
ciational meeting the Association failed at its last session 



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to appoint someone to preach the introductory sermon. 
However, one of the able ministers, Reverend T.C. 
Holland of Boiling Springs, without any previous notice, 
according to the minutes, very ably preached from the 
first chapter of Joshua. Dr. Holland was not only a 
Biblical scholar but a dedicated preacher and teacher at 
Gardner-Webb. While Dr. Holland was teaching at 
Gardner- Webb, a sudden snow storm struck Cleveland 
County. Dr. Holland lived in the Race Path community 
of Rutherford County. The morning of the snow, Dr. 
Holland caught a ride from his home to Cliffside and then 
walked in the snow from Cliffside to Boiling Springs. He 
commented that he hesitated to start the five mile walk 
but he remembered that Mrs. J.D. Huggins, wife of the 
longtime high school principal, had taught him and felt 
that she would be disappointed if he let several inches of 
snow keep him from getting to class. He arrived in the 
classroom before the students who lived on campus and 
welcomed them when they arrived. All this was accom- 
plished by a man who wore thick glasses because of a 
vision problem. 

In the very early Twentieth Century, the Association 
was still made up of churches from several counties. One 
of the churches asking to be admitted in 1915 was the 
Crowder's Mountain Baptist Church. In 1915, there 
were over forty-two churches in the Association with a 
total membership of 8,323 contributing a total of 
$25,587.28. There were 5,088 enrolled in Sunday 
School. The Woman's Missionary Society report showed 
thirty-one active societies in sixteen churches with a 
membership of 796. They had contributed $8,1 13.85, 
an average of $ 1 .02 per member. 

Cleveland County, the churches, and the Association 
had previously experienced the Civil War, the Spanish- 
American War, and now "The war to end all wars," as 
proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson, referring to 
World War I. Americans were now singing "Over There" 
and other World War I songs. The Association at the 1917 
session adopted the following resolution: 



Whereas our beloved country is now engaged in a dead- 
ly conflict with the central European powers; therefore, he 
it resolved that we will pray for the success of American 
Arms and the preservation of the lives of our dear boys who 
have been and will be called to the colors, and it may be 
to sacrifice their lives upon the altar of liberty, and that 
we will further pray that the manifold blessings of a per- 
manent peace may be speedily brought to a distracted 
world through the merits of our blessed Lord, who taught 
us the fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man. 

Christian people during World War I tended to feel 
that the country was fighting for a just cause and with talk 
of this being "a war to end all wars," felt the sacrifices 
were justified in order to bring what was hoped to be 
lasting world peace. 

In addition to reporting on Sunday School, Woman's 
Missionary Society, pastors' salaries, education, etc., the 
associational meetings in the early Twentieth Century 
often included reports on the evils of alcoholic beverage's 
and other social ills. At the sixty-eighth annual session at 
Union Baptist Church in 1918, reporting on temper- 
ance, social evils, and public morals, Brother J.N. Barnett 
gave the following facts to the Association: 

Twenty-seven states had adopted state-wide prohibition, 
leaving only three more wet states needed to be won to 
make national prohibition; after the first of next fuly the 
nation will be dry for the period of the war and until all 
our boys are home and mustered out. He, however, warned, 
there are some practices among our people which are 
undermining the morals of our country and sapping the 
very If e from our young people. Some of these evils are the 
tobacco habit, especially the cigarette, the picture shows, 
the soft drinks, the card table and social card playing, 
carelessness of parents in restricting the privilege of their 
children, profanity, general Sabbath desecration, especially 
the automobile riding. 

Some of these practices are still considered to be prob- 
lems in our society. Others such as social card playing 



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(unless gambling) are now generally accepted, while soci- 
ety at the present time has seemingly and unfortunately 
given up on controlling alcoholic beverages. The illegal 
drugs, which are so widely misused today, were not prob- 
lems in 1918. Mr. Barnett, who gave the report, later 
served as head of the Sunday School board of the Southern 
Baptist Convention and wrote several books dealing with 
an effective Sunday School in a Baptist church. It is note- 
worthy that two men, J.N. Barnett and A.V. Washburn, 
Jr., from the Double Springs Baptist Church of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association have headed the Sunday 
School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

It has been explained that when the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association formed in 1851 it was to provide 
churches an opportunity to belong to an Association that 
would be more geographically compact. The Broad 
River Association out of which the thirteen churches that 
formed the Kings Mountain Association had come 
extended into South Carolina. The Kings Mountain 
Association at various times included churches from sev- 
eral counties in North Carolina, making travel from one 
church to another in the Association and travel to associ- 
ational meetings long and difficult. Churches had been 
admitted to the Kings Mountain Association, and other 
churches had left to join other associations throughout 
the early history of the Association. At the 1918 associa- 
tional meeting, it was announced that the Baptist church- 
es of Gaston County had decided to organize an associa- 
tion comprised of the Baptist churches in Gaston County. 
The following churches were granted letters of dismis- 
sion to join the Gaston County Association: Cherry ville, 
Shady Grove, Bessemer City, and Mt. Zion. This left thir- 
ty-seven churches in the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association with a total membership of 8,079. 

By the time of the sixty-ninth and seventieth associa- 
tional meeting, the Seventy-Five Million Dollar Campaign 
was underway by the Southern Baptist Convention. At 
the sixty-ninth annual session, Brother John Suttle called 
J.M. Keeter, Kings Mountain associational chairman of 



the Seventy-Five Million Dollar Campaign, to preside 
during the day. In May 1919, the Southern Baptist 
Convention launched the five-year Seventy-Five Million 
Dollar Campaign in which all the states of the 
Convention were expected to cooperate and in which all 
the objects sponsored by the Southern Baptist 
Convention would share. In this plan, all objects includ- 
ing home and foreign missions, seminaries, and all the 
benevolent objects within the state — orphanages, hospi- 
tals, aged ministers' relief, and all educational institu- 
tions — would share in the promotion of one united 
effort and share also in the funds which were raised (The 
Seventy-Five Million Dollar Campaign, Huggins p. 23). The 
cooperation during World War I of citizens may have been 
an inspiration to Baptists to begin the Seventy- Five 
Million Dollar Campaign. The total amount of the con- 
tribution to the Seventy- Five Million dollar Campaign 
for the Association was $33,354.80 in 1920 and 
$16,744.91 in 1921. 

At the seventy-third associational meeting at Lattimore 
in 1923 the State Mission report included the statement 
that every church in the Association reported a Sunday 
School. The Association had 8,513 church members with 
6,692 enrolled in Sunday School. Throughout the 1920s 
the Sunday School report of the Association showed good 
gains. At the seventy-fifth meeting in 1925 at the First 
Baptist Church of Shelby the following was reported: 

In Sunday School the Kings Mountain Association has had 
the best year in all its history. Double Springs still main- 
tains the Advanced Standard and fourteen others have 
reached an A- 1 Standard. No such record has ever been 
made in any Association in the South. We now head the list 
of all Southern Associations. 

Credit was given to A.V. Washburn, Jr. and the hearty 
cooperation of pastors of churches and superintendents of 
Sunday School. Dr. A.V Washburn, Jr. began his church work 
early in the Double Springs Church. He served as secre- 
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Baptist Convention from January 1, 1958, to his retire- 
ment in 1 983. He wrote several books relating to Sundav 
School work, including Young People in the Sunday School. 
In the 1920's the controversy over evolution was man- 
ifesting itself in the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, and 
among Baptists in North Carolina. At the 1925 meeting 
of the Association, a resolution passed saying: 

The Association petitions the Board of Education and the 
Trustees of all the Baptist schools to speedily remove from 
the colleges and high schools every president, principal or 
teacher who believes in or teaches evolution and that the 
Association go on record as opposing evolution being 
taught in the schools. 

The controversy over evolution in this period seems to 
have been primarily in the churches, associations, and 
Southern Baptist Convention. In 2001 the controversy is 
in the political arena and affects not only school board elec- 
tions but has brought on rulings by state supreme courts 
and is even becoming an issue in presidential politics. 

The seventy-first annual session was rather routine, 
with reports consuming much of the Association meeting. 
History was made at the 72nd annual Association at Zion 
Baptist Church in 1912 when Mrs. JohnWacaster read the 
report of woman's work. Women, earlier in the life of the 
Association, had organized and participated in the 
Woman's Missionary Society, but men had given the 
reports on women's work at the meetings. Another 
report at this session was that in 1922 the Kings 
Mountain and Sandy Run Associations had been joined bv 
the Gaston County Association in the support of Boiling 
Springs High School. The high school did not become a 
junior college until 1928. Another positive report on the 
spiritual life of the churches was that there were 543 bap- 
tisms reported during the past year. Associational meet- 
ings had often included someone encouraging the church- 
es to do better in paying their pastor. Early in the 
Twentieth Century, the associational meetings usually 
included a report on ministerial relief. The report at the 



seventy-second session at Casar included the following 
report: We should remember that ministerial relief is a 
duty and not charity. Under Divine regulations in 
Deuteronomy 25:4, we have, "Thou shalt not muzzle the 
ox when he treadeth out the corn." Paul refers to this in 
1 Corinthians 9:9 and in 1 Timothy 5:18 and in his refer- 
ences makes it clear that the Deuteronomy reference 
refers to support similar to ministerial support. But in 
many instances, this support along through life is merely 
enough to meet present demands. 

On Thursday morning of the seventy-ninth annual 
associational session at Double Springs, the committee 
which had been appointed to study the possibility of a 
full-time Sunday School and B.Y.P.U. worker for the 
Association reported that the Sunday School Board of 
Nashville, Tennessee, had offered to pay one half the 
salary. The churches then voted to apportion the remain- 
ing half of the worker's salary among the various church- 
es in order to employ A.V. Washburn, Jr. (Association 
Minutes, p. 75). At the seventy- sixth annual session at the 
First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, the report on 
temperance and public morals by I.D. Harrill included 
the following: "Intemperance is a dangerous thing for any 
nation. It ruined many of the nations of the past, and is 
threatening the safety of the United States today. As long 
as we can get strong drink as easily as we now can our 
civilization is in danger. Our highways are becoming 
more and more dangerous because of the dreadful 
demon drink. Immorality is on the increase when you 
judge the conduct of our people by the standards of our 
fathers. Judging them by the standards of today, it is not, 
but we have no standard today. The standard has gone." 

After the death of John R. Logan in 1884, there was 
little evidence in the minutes of the Association that the 
Association had concerned itself with the appointment of 
a person or committee to record and preserve the histo- 
ry of the Kings Mountain Association. However, at the 
seventy-fifth meeting of the Association, C.J. Black sug- 
gested that the office of the historian be created. As is 



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sometimes true when a person recommends that a posi- 
tion be created, that person is often elected to the posi- 
tion. This was true of C.J. Black who at the associational 
meeting in 1925 was elected historian. 

As C.J. Black was being elected historian, the 
Association shortly thereafter lost the services of A.V. 
Washburn, Jr., who by 1927 had left the Association as 
field worker and had gone to a larger field of service with 
Southern Baptists. 

Social ills continued to be discussed at most associa- 
tional meetings. At the seventy- eighth annual session 
meeting at Beaver Dam in 1928, W.N. Cook read the 
report on temperance. This brought forward a four 
point resolution: (1) that the Association pray for 
courage to stand against the evil of intemperance; (2) 
that we need officers who will not be bribed by boot 
leggers; (3) that we will use all power possible to secure 
officers of the law who will enforce the prohibition law; 
(4) that we express our underlying allegiance to the 
Eighteenth Amendment (The Prohibition Amendment) . 

Leaders of the Southern Baptist convention and its agen- 
cies have almost invariably been people of high integrity 
and impeccable character. However, in the 1920s a great 
disaster befell the Home Mission Board when a shortage in 
the sum of $900,000 was discovered. The treasurer of the 
Home Mission Board, C.S. Barnes, had misappropriated 
this money. Barnes had been brought back from Canada 
and placed in an Atlanta prison. While this was a blow to 
the Home Mission program, the reports at the Kings 
Mountain Association emphasized that steps had been 
taken to prevent this from happening again and that the 
work of the Board was continuing. 

By the 1930's women were voting, were becoming 
active politically, and were playing significant roles in the 
churches, including the practice of Christian steward- 
ship. At the eightieth annual associational meeting at 
Patterson Springs in 1930, the woman's work report 
given by Mrs. J. A. Liles was discussed by Mrs. John 
Wacaster. She stated that 400,000 Baptists of North 



Carolina, including WMU workers, gave $795,000 last 
year, an average of nearly $2 for each person, but 47,000 
WMU members gave $348,183 of this amount, an aver- 
age of $7.40 each. She explained that if all the members 
had done as well, the entire contributions would have 
amounted to almost $3,000,000. 

The Cooperative Program had for some time been the 
method used by Southern Baptists to finance their many 
programs. However, at the eighty-second associational 
meeting at New Bethel Church in 1932, it was reported 
that nine churches in the Association had reported noth- 
ing for the Cooperative Program. The report to the 
Association showed forty-two churches in the 
Association with a total membership of 1 2 ,264. Six hun- 
dred and fifty-one baptisms had been reported for the 
previous year. 

While concerning itself with home missions, foreign 
missions, and many other Christian endeavors, the 
Association did not fail to concern itself with unexpect- 
ed and catastrophic loss to families. At the eighty-fifth 
Association meeting at Poplar Springs, Brother John 
Suttle made an earnest appeal for help and sympathy for 
Mr. and Mrs. John Wacaster, who had recently lost their 
home and all its contents by fire. A cash offering of 
$ 5 1 .77 was taken for this family. (This was a rather large 
sum during the depression when many people were out 
of work.) 

Deacons' retreats or deacons' days were seldom 
referred to in the earlier history of the Association. 
However, at the eighty-fifth associational meeting, reports 
included an associational wide Deacons Day observed on 
March 3 1 at Double Springs. Present at the Deacons Day 
were 182 deacons from thirty-seven of the churches. 
Brotherhood was also mentioned at this meeting, and 
there was agreement that an associational brotherhood be 
organized as soon as possible. For some reason, not includ- 
ed in the minutes, the office of historian was discontinued 
in 1937 at the associational meeting at Bethlehem. 



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It is interesting that the recorded minutes of the 
Association include almost no reference to the hard times 
of the depression years. The depression of the 1930's 
may have brought people and churches closer together 
and a re-examination of what was truly important. 
World War II did come to be mentioned in the associa- 
tional minutes. At New Hope in 1942 a report stated, 
"Considering the war torn conditions at this time, it 
may be said that no previous session of the Kings 
Mountain Association had reported a more glorious 
year's work for the Master." Gains were made in all 
reports except for the number of baptisms. 

By 1941 Baptist Training Union leaders were report- 
ing that Training Unions existed in thirty-two of the 
forty-eight churches. At the 1942 associational meeting 
the Baptist Training Union report by John Hallman 
included the following: 

Our government selects choice men for its armed forces and 
inspires their patriotism and enthusiasm in various ways. 
Then the bestjood and equipment available is provided for 
these men. With all these things they would be very poor 
ineffective soldiers without proper training. In the army of 
the Lord, the worship service may secure enlistment and 
inspire great loyalty and devotion. The new recruit may be 
given the best spiritual food and equipment as the Sunday 
School feeds him the bread oflffe and equips him with the 
Sword of the Spirit. However, without proper training in 
the skill of using himself and his weapons, he would be a 
very poor, ineffective soldier of the cross. The B. T U. stands 
ready to enrich the lives of Christians of all ages and to 
glorify the Master's Name. 

At the associational meeting in 1941 in discussing 
Baptist Hospital, a committee recommended and 
praised Baptist Hospital for its healing ministry and 
posed a question. 

How long will it take us to learn and fully realize that 
our Christianity, to recommend itself and to be believed 
in, and received by a lost, blind and dying world must be 



a Christianity that manifests itselj in service to the 
whole man? 

A religion that is not vitally interested in the physical and 
mental welfare of people, as well as their soul is not 
Christianity and will not commend itself to the blind, the 
bruised and the dying. We will hardly be recognized as fol- 
lowers of Christ merely by dressing up, going to church, 
singing our hymns, making our prayers and often times 
quoting parrot-like pious attitudes. 

Before 1 946 the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
was led by the moderator and other non-paid leaders. 
Since 1 946 the Association has had five directors of mis- 
sions. In 1946, Lewis Ludlum became the first person in 
this position. At the associational meeting in 1948 at 
Casar Baptist Church, Reverend Ludlum reported great 
progress in the Association in winning the lost, in enlist- 
ing church members for active service, and in erecting 
new buildings. 

The Centennial or one hundredth session of the Kings 
Mountain Association met at Double Springs in 1951 
with Reverend J. W. Suttle calling the meeting to order 
for the thirty-eighth consecutive year. The Centennial 
message was delivered by J. N. Barnette, former member 
of Double Springs Church and at that time a member of 
the Sunday School 
Board in Nashville, 
Tennessee. He spoke 
on "One Hundred Years 
Work at the Kings 
Mountain Baptist 

Association." An inter- 
esting feature of the one 
hundredth session was a 
display put together by 
Dr. Wyan Washburn and 
his father, Joe 

Washburn. Featured 
was the mode of trans- 




Lewis E. Ludlum 

Director of Missions 
1946- 19 SO 



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portation for attending the Association in its early histo- 
ry along with some other customs and features such as 
stacking several pies on one plate, an old wagon made 
more than seventy years ago by Uncle Jim McKinney to 
be greased with pine tar, also a few tools and instru- 
ments used on the farm at that time, and a number of 
artifacts that were in use in the homes and churches of 
the early days. 

At this Centennial associational meeting the Historical 
Report was presented and read by C.C. Padgett, a 
teacher and longtime principal of Lattimore School. J. 
W. Suttle, moderator, called to the attention of the 
Association the need to have printed a history of the first 
hundred years of the Association. Jesse Blalock made a 
motion that the standing Nominating Committee, of 
which C.C. Crowe was chairman, be asked to study the 
history question and report to the Association the next 
day as to the cost of printing and other factors involved. 
A committee was established to work with C.C. Padgett 
in editing the history of the Association. The committee 
members were A.V.Washburn, Jr., Mrs. A.V.Washburn, 
J.C. Jolley, Mrs. WP. Biggerstaff, and Lawrence Roberts. 

The history of the Kings Mountain Association from 
November 7, 1851, to November 7, 1951, came from 
the press the week of the 1952 associational meeting. 
This history of the first one hundred years consisted of 
two main sections, a synopsis of each associational meet- 
ing during the first hundred years and a short history of 
each church of the Association along with a picture of 
each church building and its pastor. 

Throughout its history the Association has planned var- 
ious activities. At other times it has supported activities 
previously carried out or being carried out. At the 1951 
associational meeting Moderator J.W. Suttle said that the 
Association had earlier made a mistake by not supporting 
Reburn Washburn. Mr. Washburn and his family had 
moved to New Mexico about six years previous for rea- 
sons of health. He and others built a Baptist church which 
was destroyed by fire. At the time of the 1951 session of 



the Association, thirteen men had gone from Double 
Springs to Las Vegas, New Mexico, and had given a week's 
work. An offering was taken at the associational meeting 
to pay for the gas in the truck to New Mexico and back. 
Some $125.00 was needed to pay the gas bill. Twenty- 
seven churches subscribed $5.00 each to be sent to the 
associational treasurer. 

Reverend J.W. Suttle served as moderator for forty 
years. Probably no one had served as moderator of any 
Baptist Association for that length of time. A new era 
began for the 
Association in 1952 
when Reverend Suttle 
turned the modera- 
tor's gavel over to 
Reverend C.C. 

Crowe. At the 1952 
meeting the General 
Board recommended 
the position of moder- 
ator be rotated with 
each new moderator 
serving for two years. 
Appendix number 
one lists the persons 
who have served as 
moderator of the 
Kings Mountain 

Association. 

The Rev. J.W. Suttle 
was elected Moderator 
of the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association at 
the closing session held 
with the Zion Baptist 
Church September 
25-27, 1913. He 




Rev. C.C. Crow and 
Rev. J.L. Suttle 

The Rev. J. W. Suttle was elect- 
ed moderator of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association 
at the closing session held with 
the Zion Baptist Church in 
September 25-27, 1913. He 
served the Association well dur- 
ing this long period of office. 
The Rev. C. C. Crow was elect- 
ed to succeed J. W. Suttle as 
Moderator of the Association 
October 24, 1952 at 
Norman's Grove Baptist 
Church. 



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served the Association well during this long period of 
office. 

The Rev. C.C. Crow was elected to succeed J.W. 
Suttle as Moderator of the Association October 24, 1 952 
at Norman's Grove Baptist Church. 

While the Association and churches in the Association 
were doing much to promote the Kingdom of God, the 
budget of the Association, as was probably true of other 
associations, was relatively small by modern standards. 
The proposed budget for the Association for 1952-1953 
included associational missionary's salary of $2800 and a 
total budget of $7,738.57. 

Progress and problems related to public morals and 
civic righteousness continued to be discussed in the 
1950s. The report in 1952 included the following: 

An accepted Jact is this — we are living in times of tremen- 
dous stress and strain, of widespread confusion and chaos. 
There are evidences on every hand of the break-down of 
individual character, of moral standards, of discipline, of 
home ties. Much disregard of obligation and responsibili- 
ty on the part of men, women and children in all areas of 
life is all too prevalent. 

Internationally we are divided into opposing camps of 
communism and democracy. Within our own country, yea 
within our Southland, lines of race, religion, politics, cap- 
ital and labor, etc. tend to further divide and intensify the 
complex problems of human relationships. Sin has an 
upper hand among our citizenship to overthrow the teach- 
ings of our Lord and to add to the picture of general con- 
fusion and disorder. 

As children of our Heavenly Father we must be both alert 
to and concerned about the many vital problems which 
center around the theme of this report. We need to reveal 
the Living Christ to mankind through our own personal 
testimony and our active service Jor Him. 

The associational meeting of 1952 was two years 
previous to the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of 
Education ruling that separate but equal schools were 



no longer constitutional and that the public schools of 
America should be integrated with all deliberate 
speed. The report on Public Morals and Civic 
Righteousness at the 1952 associational meeting also 
included the following: 

Rights of minority groups clamor for the Christians 
attention. Recently a noted educator said: 'Race has 
become far more than a domestic issue. It has become the 
scales upon which democracy is being weighed in a world 
that is being relentlessly forced to choose between ideolo- 
gies'. Reports are given throughout the Southland to 
reveal to us that something constructive is being done in 
this field of human relations: 

1. Negro policemen are now employed in eighty-five 
cities in thirteen southern states. 

2. In thirteen or fourteen large southern cities the facili- 
ties of public libraries have been opened to Negroes. 

3. In five large cities of the south public golf courses are 
now open to all races. 

4. Southern Baptist Seminaries: Golden Gate, 
Southwestern, New Orleans, Louisville, Grand Canyon 
College, Way land College, Mississippi Baptist Hospital 
Nurses Training School have joined the ranks of 
Baptist institutions to admit students, regardless of 
race or color. 

5. There is a rapid increase in the number of non-white 
voters throughout the south. One estimate says there 
will be two million people eligible to vote in the 1 952 
general election who could not have voted a decade 
ago because of racial barriers. 

The Association never forgot that at the heart of 
Baptist work was missions. At the 1953 meeting, the 
Lord's Acre Project was explained by Carlos L. Young. 
His report explained that it was a plan adopted by all who 
would set aside an acre and who would give through the 
church the produce from the acre to the Lord's work. 
He explained that the plan was not confined to an acre of 
ground but that some could give livestock, chickens, eggs 



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gathered on Sunday, the milk given on Sunday, and wages 
for the first hour of work each week. The money given 
by individuals was to be above regular offerings and could 
be used for missions, building purposes, or various other 
Christian endeavors. While this program may not have 
raised by today's standards a tremendous amount of 
money, it did help greatly some churches, including 
Mount Sinai, to build a new church building. Mr. Young 
described in some detail the splendid way in which the 
Lord's Acre plan was instituted and implemented at 
Double Springs Baptist Church. 



Baptists have a history of supporting higher education. 
W.P. Hall in reporting on Christian education at the 
1953 associational meeting discussed four things that 
Christian education will do for the individual: 

(1) Higher Christian Education will help the 
individual to get hold of a skill. 

(2) Higher Christian Education will help the 
individual to get hold of a right philosophy of life. 

(3) Higher Christian Education will help the 
individual get hold of good taste. 

(4) Higher Christian Education will help an 
individual get hold of himself. 



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Huggins-Curtis Dormitory, Boiling Springs High School evolved into the present Gardner- Webb University. 
Photo supplied by Gardner- Webb University Archives 



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Leadership in the Development of Education 




he churches of the Kings 
Mountain Association had been 
involved in Christian Higher 
Education since 1928 when Boiling Springs High School 
became Boiling Springs Junior College. As explained ear- 
lier, the Kings Mountain Association and Sandy Run 
Association founded Boiling Springs High School, and the 
school opened its doors to students in 1907. 

As it turned out, the junior college was "between a 
rock and hard place" financially from its beginning as a 
junior college. However, the school would have died if it 
had remained a high school. There was no way the good 
Baptists of the Kings Mountain Association and Sandy 
Run Association could have anticipated the stock market 
crash of 1929 and the ensuing depression. 

The leadership of several pastors in the Association and 
the commitment of the people of the supporting associa- 
tions to keep the school alive were major factors that kept 
the school from closing. Many colleges, including junior 
colleges, had serious financial problems during the 
depression, and some ceased to exist. For a school such 
as Boiling Springs Junior College the problems were mul- 
tiplied. The move to junior college level meant more 
money was needed to employ teachers with M.A. 
degrees to head departments; to provide more equip- 
ment, especially for the science department; and to 
expand the library. At the same time, the enrollment in 
1929-1930 was seventy-eight college students and 124 
academic and special students who were variously classi- 
fied. Costs were going up, the number of students was 
below what it had been in some years as a high school, and 
the country was experiencing economic disaster. 
Between 1930 and 1935 two prominent pastors in the 
Kings Mountain Association served as president — 
Reverend Zeno Wall, pastor of First Baptist Church in 



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Shelby 1930-1932, and Reverend J.L. Jenkins, pastor of 
Boiling Springs Baptist Church 1932-1935. These two 
men along with Boiling Springs merchant and philan- 
thropist E.B. Hamrick, Reverend J.W. Suttle, and a host 
of other Christian friends kept the school afloat through 
very dark days financially. Life was hard for the students 
and faculty, but neither probably 
realized how difficult it was. The 
students joked: "You can tell 
when we are going to have turnip 
greens. They always serve them 
the day after the hedges are 
trimmed." To help pay expenses, 
students brought milk, eggs, liv- 
ermush, and other farm products 
(Jolley, p. 42). 

A.C. Lovelace served as pres- 
ident during the 1935-1936 
school year. Motions were made 
to close the school on at least 
two occasions during the 1930's, 
but each failed by a close vote. 

George Jackson Burnett served as president from 1936 
to 1939, and Reverend J.R. Cantrell served from 1939 
to 1943. Reverend Cantrell had been a student in Boiling 
Springs High School in 1915 with his wife and two chil- 
dren and with very limited means. He cut cordwood for 
a large landowner in the community to work his way 
through school. Reverend Cantrell, as president, 
worked diligently to improve the appearance of the cam- 
pus and could be counted among those of whom it could 
be said, "Without his efforts the school would never have 
lived to become Gardner- Webb College and University." 



Reverend J.R. 
Cantrell, 

president of 

Boiling Springs 

Junior College 

1939- 1943 

Photo supplied by 
GWU Archives 



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The Beacon Becomes the Publication for the Association 




s the depression subsided in the 
1940's and World War II came to an 
end, the school experienced a transfor- 
mation. Former Governor O. Max 
Gardner became interested in the school, and in 1942 
Boiling Springs Junior College became Gardner- Webb 
Junior College. The Gardner and Webb names and the 
personal support of Governor Gardner were partially 
responsible for the support which came to the school 
from other prominent Cleveland County families. The 
supporting associations, including the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association, however, remained very important 
not only with financial support but also with their 
prayers and commitment to Christian higher education. 
It was after World War II that the college experienced its 
greatest growth. As Gardner- Webb made progress after 
World War II, the Association was concerning itself with 
promoting education in other ways. 

At the associational meeting in 1952, C.A. Kirby, Jr., 
gave the report on Christian literature. The report 
included the following: 

Paul in writing to Timothy advised him to attend to his 
reading, his preaching and his teaching. This is still good 
advice for any Christian and reading must precede preach- 
ing and teaching. There are basically three reasons why 
people read. They readjor pleasure, they read for mental 
growth and they read for spiritual growth. So a Christian 
should read for the purpose of Christian growth and serv- 
ice. Reading is the key that unlocks all treasure stores of 
learning in all fields. No Christian can hope to know all 
that he should know unless he reads. 
First of all the Christian should read the Bible. It is the 
book of books and the final source of all Christian doc- 



trine. Other Christian material, Reverend Kirby pointed 
out was our state paper, The Biblical Recorder, the one pub- 
lication that covers the entire field of our cooperative 
efforts here in North Carolina. The Recorder definitely 
should be in every Baptist home in our Association. 

At the 1 956 associational meeting with Reverend CO. 
Greene serving as moderator, the Reverend J.W Suttle, 
dean of southern preachers and moderator of the Kings 
Mountain Association from 1913 to 1 942 and president 
of the Baptist State Convention in 1 948 , was recognized 
for his long service to the Association and churches in the 
Association. Reverend Suttle died in 1963. In his life- 
time it is estimated that he baptized more than 6,000 
people, married more than 2,000 couples, and preached 
more than 30,000 sermons. He preached in seventeen 
churches in the Kings Mountain Association. He was a 
long-time trustee of Gardner- Webb University and is 
one of the persons credited with saving the school during 
the depression years. 

The theme at this 1956 Association was Glorify Your 
Father through each of the following: Gardner- Webb, 
Sunday School, the Baptist orphanages, the Brotherhood, 
hospital work, and associational missions. Despite all the 
emphasis on missions and education by the Baptists and 
other denominations in North Carolina, the state mission 
report in 1956 included the statement that over 60% of 
the people of North Carolina were lost. 

In 1956, as was true in many associational meetings of 
an earlier period, there were many guests from other 
Associations and representatives of Baptist institutions 
and publications in North Carolina. These guests includ- 
ed C.W. Bazemore, Biblical Recorder, Raleigh; John 
Raymond Nelson, Department of Religious Education, 



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Reverend Tom W. Bray 

Director of Missions 
1950- 1959 



Mars Hill College; and 
W.K. McGee, the 
Baptist Hospital in 
Winston -Salem. 

By the 1958 associa- 
tional meeting the 
Baptist Homes for the 
Aging had been in 
operation for several 
years. Resthaven had 
opened March 16, 
1951, and the 

Albemarle Home, 

December 7, 1953. 
At the 1958 associational meeting, Reverend W.T. 
Roberson in his report on Public Morals and Civic 
Righteousness stated: 

We have talked long and loudly about the evils abroad in 
our land. We have heard reports concerning the upsurge oj 
crime. We have read about the alarming facts of juvenile 
delinquency.We have noted the increase oj alcoholism and 
social drinking. We have all evidenced a wholesale desecra- 
tion oj the Lord's Day. We have witnessed at every turn the 
increase oj salacious literature, oj gambling, oj violence 
and injustice. (With the addition oj problems such as 
abortion, homosexual relations, and misuse oj illegal drugs 
this could be a report in 2001 as well as 1958.) 

Reverend Roberson also offered advice in 1958 which 
could well be advice for 2001 . He suggested: 

Our churches must do more than simply to denounce the 
evils about us but must organize to combat and allay them: 
(1) byjaithfully holding up the Word oj God in word and 
deed; (2) by praying and seeking to win the lost; (3) by 
prevailing upon those who actively promote and participate 
in the afore- mentioned evils to cease their activities; (4) by 
teaching our people the facts concerning the prevalent evils 
oj our day; (5) by seeking to strengthen the joundations oj 
the home; (6) by assisting other institutions oj our commu- 



nity to preserve high moral principles; (7) by urging our 
members to exercise their right to vote and to support legis- 
lation which will help to correct moral evils; and (8) by 
exercising their Christian influence wherever and whenever 
the mind and spirit of Christ should be heard. 

In November 1959, the first issue of The Baptist Beacon 
was published by the Associational office. The purpose 
expressed in the first issue was "to get information about 
all our work — local, state, south wide and worldwide to 
our churches." 

The churches were requested to send news to the 
Associational office. Forty-two years later The Beacon is 
still effectively carrying out its purpose. A multitude of 
programs, activities, seminars, etc. have been announced 
and promoted by The Beacon. Many of these activities will 
not be elaborated on in this book. Included in these activ- 
ities and programs are Brotherhood Conventions, 
Christian Home Week, G.A. Focus Week, R.A. Focus 
Week, Training Union Group Meetings, State Sunday 
School Conventions, and many more. 

Reverend C. O. Greene, Associational Missionary, made 
it clear by using an article in The Baptist Program by J. Clark 
Hensley that the missionary does not have an Associational 
program to promote. The article stated: "The Association's 
program is the program of the churches. You are not help- 
ing him (the Associational Missionary) run his program but 
he is helping you with yours." In reading this in the August 
18,1 960 Beacon the author of this book was reminded that 
not only does the Association exist to assist the churches 
and help them individually and collectively be more effi- 
cient, but this is also true of both the Baptist State 
Convention and Southern Baptist Convention. 

Reverend Greene made several suggestions on how 
the pastor could help his church and other churches in 
the Association collectively do together what they could 
not do alone. These included building effective pro- 
grams in the local church, and clearing the church calen- 



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Opening of Corner Stones after fire burned the Huggins-Curtis building in 1957 at Gardner-Webb College 
(L) Fred Mauney of Forest City, moderator of the Sandy Run Association; (standing) Joe C. Washburn of Double 
Springs Community, who was also present when the Cornerstones were laid SO years ago; and (R) Reverend E. B. 
Hicks of Shelby, moderator of Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 






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dar of conflicts with Associational, Baptist State 
Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention meetings. 

Horace Easom was serving as moderator of the 
Association in 1960 and in The Beacon of November 17, 
1960, made six suggestions to churches: (1) dedicate 
yourself to an emphasis on the power of prayer; (2) 
emphasize the importance of Bible reading; (3) commit 
to a deeper sense of Christian stewardship; (4) support 
the church and its ministries; (5) minister in the human- 
itarian area — helping meet the needs of the sick, sor- 
rowing, and discouraged; (6) commit to soul winning. 

One function of The Beacon has been to keep people in 
the churches aware of foreign missionaries who have 
gone out from the Association. Included in these 
reports have been the activities of Reverend and Mrs. 
Bill Roberson. The Association reported that thirty-six 
churches gave a total of $ 1 ,443.27 to a love offering for 
the Roberson family when they went to Vietnam in 
1959. The Robersons corresponded regularly with the 
Association as they served as missionaries in Vietnam 
and the Philippines. Another missionary in this period 
who corresponded regularly with the Association and 
the churches was R. Tom Greene, who served in over- 
seas assignments including Chile, Ghana, and Vietnam. 

One of the letters from Tom Greene while serving in 
Ghana included the following: 

'What do you do when jour family rejects you and throws 
you out of the house because you have become a 
Christian?' asked a young man right in the middle of the 
worship service I was leading, said Missionary James B. 
Annis of Yendi, Ghana. 

Before I could make any answer, another young man 
quickly rose and said, 'This very thing happened to me. I 
continued to love my family. Because Christ is in me, I 
could be a much better person than I had been. My par- 
ents saw this and decided that Christ had not made me a 
bad son but rather a much better one. And so they asked 
me to come back home and teach them about Jesus! 



Tom Greene did not 
explain all the circum- 
stances surrounding 
this family situation; 
therefore we probably 
cannot conclude that in 
all situations in which 
Christians are perse- 
cuted today in various 
parts of the world the 
same results would 
occur. However seeing 
the change in the life of 
a son or daughter 




Reverend 
CO. Greene 

Director of Missions 
1959- 1973 



makes an excellent reason for other members of the 
family to become Christians. 

Not only have the individual churches of the 
Association been recognized for outstanding work in 
various areas of church life, but the churches collective- 
ly have brought recognition to the Association. 
Reverend CO. Greene, Superintendent of Missions, 
reported the following in the March 2, 1961 Beacon: 

Your Superintendent of Missions has just received the 
record of awards for all the associations in the state. These 
awards cover the first three months in the church year — 
October, November and December. Our Association stands 
fourth behind Gaston, Mecklenburg and Buncombe in 
number of awards. 

The Beacon continued in different issues to report that 
the Association ranked high in training awards. The 
November 29, 1962, issue reported that three of the 
churches stand among the top ten in the state. Boiling 
Springs was third, Shelby First was fifth, and Elizabeth 
was eighth. 

In an effort to emphasize the importance of the vari- 
ous programs supported by Baptists and to encourage 
support of the Cooperative Program, Reverend Greene 



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included the following interesting approach to 
Baptist work in the September 13, 1962, Beacon: 

My wife's father and mother had sixteen children. 
When the oldest was nine years of age, they had 
eleven children (three sets of twins). There were 
three babies at one time that couldn't walk. 
You can well imagine that it took some doing to 
try to feed and clothe that many children. But as 
a good and dutiful father and husband, my 
father-in-law saw to it that every child received 
his fair and proportionate share of the family 
income. Of course, it didn't take as much for a 
month old baby as it did for the senior in high 
school or the one in college, but each one received 
according to his needs. 

Now, we Baptists have a lot of children, too. To 
name a few there are Foreign Missions, Home 
Missions, State Missions, Associational Missions, 
Healing Ministry, Christian Colleges, Children's 
Homes, Homes for the Aging, work with the silent 
people, Baptist Student Union, Church 
Development, Sunday School, Training Union, 
Brotherhood, WMU, Music Organization, and a 
host of others. 

Shouldn't each Baptist child we have receive his 
fair and proportionate share of the family income? 
We believe that you would say "yes" to that. How 
can it be done? 

Through the Cooperative Program of World 
Missions. That is simply Baptists' way of seeing to 
it that each child receives according to its needs. 
Isn't that fair? In this way one child does not live 
in luxury while another perishes to death! 
All of these are a part of the Great Commission of 
our Lord. The Cooperative Program is Baptists' way 
of carrying out that command. It has never been 
repealed! Baptists are responsible. 



No attempt has been made to discuss each of 
the persons who has served as an Associational 
officer. One of the longest tenures seems to have 
been that of Reverend Lawrence Roberts, who 
served as Clerk-Treasurer of the Association for 
seventeen years. The February 13, 1963, Beacon 
paid tribute to his service to the Association and 
mentioned several features of his work. Those 
features mentioned in the article were ( 1 ) faith- 
fulness to the Association through his attendance 
at General Board meetings and other meetings; 
(2) passionate interest and promotion of Baptist 
work from the local church to the Association, to 
the State Convention, to the Southern Baptist 
Convention, and to the "uttermost ends of the 
earth"; (3) thoroughness and capacity for tedious, 
detailed work; and (4) genuine Christ-likeness. 

Earlier in this history the low salaries of minis- 
ters has been discussed. By the 1 960 's the salaries 
of ministers had improved. However, Reverend 
CO. Greene, the Superintendent of Missions, in 
the July 14, 1965, Beacon in an article entitled A 
Frank Talk with Laymen used a recent study that 
compared salaries of laymen and ministers. The 
study revealed that for laymen and ministers who 
had completed seventeen or more years in school 
the average minister made $3,172.00 per year 
less than the average layman. 

The study led the Superintendent of Missions 
to study how the ministers in the Association fared 
in 1964. These are some of the facts: (1) every 
pastorate except one was considered full-time; 
(2) twelve of the churches provided no house for 
the minister; (3) twelve ministers received sup- 
port of $6,000 or more; (4) seventeen ministers 
received support between $5,000 and $6,000; 
(5) seventeen ministers received support between 
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received support between $3,000 and $4,000; (7) two 
ministers received support between $2,000 and $3,000; 
(8) seven ministers received support between $1,000 
and $2,000; (9) four ministers received support of less 
than $1 ,000. The average pastoral support came out at 
$4,286 per church. 

The February 1 , 1 967, Beacon recognized the outstand- 
ing work of the WMU of the Association by relating that the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association was among the twenty- 
one Associational WMU organizations in our state that 
achieved the rating of Honor. This was the fourth consec- 
utive year that the WMU received this certificate. 

One purpose of the Associational office has been to 
warn of coming problems or disturbing trends. A poten- 
tial problem discussed in the May 31, 1967, Beacon was 
the possible shortage of pastors in the days ahead. The 
article raised the question of the contributing factors that 
had created this problem. These factors included fewer 
men answering the call to the pastorate, a large number 
of men leaving the pastorate to serve as chaplains and 
similar positions, churches going full-time which 
required more pastors, and churches requiring better 
trained pastors. 

A disturbing trend reported in the August 12, 1970, 
Beacon was that a smaller percentage of money donated 
through the churches was designated to missions. In 
1960, sixty-eight churches reported total gifts of 
$1,363,806.00 and of this 22% went for all mission 
activities. In 1969, sixty-nine churches reported gifts of 
$2,685,396.00 of which 17% went to all missions. 

Reverend CO. Greene at the 1 969 associational meet- 
ing poignantly explained some of the changes in the 
county since he became director of missions ten years 
earlier. He stated: "These ten years have been years of cri- 
sis and change. Cleveland County has just about com- 
pleted its transition from an agricultural to an industrial 
county." He went on to discuss how the number of high 
schools had been reduced from fourteen to four. 



Reverend Greene also explained some of the effects of 
the Vietnam War. 

In dealing with the question of Social Reform and 
Civic Righteousness, Christians usually have believed that 
Jesus was not primarily a social reformer, but that God 
sent His Son to save souls and transform the lives of indi- 
viduals. At the 1964 associational meeting at Waco, the 
report on foreign missions was given by R.L. McGaha. 
He urged the delegates to begin in America and take the 
Good News of Christ to the entire world. He encour- 
aged the delegates to face the facts and be guided by a 
spiritual consciousness: 

Fact 1 : Read again and reappraise the authenticity of the 
command of Jesus. 

Fact 2: Analyze the sorrow that must be in heaven when 
our sixty-nine churches in the Kings Mountain 
Association gave the past year for all missions a total 
of 28 cents per week per capita membership. 

Fact 3: Place world missions in our worship: Let the 
knowledge of foreign missions be secured by every pas- 
tor, Sunday School teacher and officer, Training Union 
leader, Brotherhood leaders, and WMU officers. 

By 1970 the South Mountain Baptist Camp was an 
integral part of the associational reports. Part of the 
report of T.A. Lineberger, director, at the 1970 associa- 
tional meeting stated: 

Truly the Lord was with us at South Mountain Baptist 
Camp again this year. Attendance was good and we had 
record breaking crowds the last of the summer. The last 
week we had 269 and we had to turn away thirty. 
Approximately 2,291 young persons attended the camp at 
some time during the summer. A total of 940 campers and 
visitors made decisions for Christ during the summer and 
162 of these were professions of faith. 

The Woman's Missionary Union reports have kept the 
opportunities of missions before the Association. The 
report at the 1971 associational meeting given by Mrs. 
W.D. Ledbetter included the following: "WMU has a 



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task of teaching missions — missions is spreading the 
gospel according to the Great Commission." She shared 
with the assembled delegates the following from the for- 
eign mission study for the quarter: 

If God lives — and we believe he does 

If Christ's Commission isjor us — and we believe it is 
If outside of Christ there is no hope — and we believe there 
is not 

Then we have no excuse if we fail to use every means in 
every way to expand our witness until every person has the 
opportunity to accept Christ. 

Woman's Missionary Society throughout much of its 
history has had the ability to verbalize in a succinct way 
the purpose of missions and to lead in an understanding 
and promotion of missions. 

Churches in the Association have received special 
recognition for the outstanding Sunday School, Training 
Union, and other programs. The March 1960 Beacon 
included the following salute to Double Shoals: 

Double Shoals Sunday School, CM. Spangler, 
Superintendent; Warren Hoyle, Superintendent of 
Enlargement; and Mrs. Joe Bowen, Superintendent of 
Training; and all their fine corps of workers are to be com- 
mended Jor achieving for the third successive year the 
award as an Advanced Standard Sunday School. That is 
especially true of this year as they are the first Sunday 
School in the Southern Baptist Convention to merit this 
award. Congratulations! 

On September 28, 1973 the General Board met and 
heard the report of the Selection Committee and soon 
thereafter recommended to the Executive Committee 
that Reverend Cline Borders be presented as the new 
Director of Missions. The Beacon reported shortly there- 
after that Reverend Borders had accepted the call to this 
position and would begin his work November 1 , 1973. 

In announcing the Selection Committee's choice the 
committee stated in part: 




Reverend Cline Borders 

Director of Missions 
1973-1991 



He has served churches 
as pastor in South 
Carolina and North 
Carolina including 
churches in our 
Association. He has 
served as a denomina- 
tional worker for eight 
years as Associate 
Director of the 
Seminary Extension 
Department of the 
Southern Baptist 

Convention. 

Members of the Selection Committee were 
impressed that Reverend Borders was sensitive to the 
needs of both the lay members and pastors of our 
churches, having functioned effectively as both layman 
and pastor himself. 

Reverend CO. Greene earlier had emphasized that the 
Association existed to help the churches. In the May 15, 
1974, Beacon the new Director of Missions, Cline Borders, 
after attending a conference at Ridgecrest, stated that: 
"More than once the definition was heard that a Southern 
Baptist Association is churches in fellowship on mission in 
their setting." 

In recent years the Association and churches have been 
involved in missions in many parts of the world. It would 
be difficult to determine the most important reasons for 
this emphasis in overseas missions. One trip early in the 
tenure of Reverend Cline Borders affected him in a pos- 
itive way toward the Association and the churches having 
greater involvement in overseas missions. This trip was 
described in the October 1, 1975, issue of The Beacon. 
The Foreign Mission Board invited Reverend and Mrs. 
Borders to spend two days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
They were invited to attend the mission meeting of the 
missionaries in Rio before going on to South Africa to 



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participate in Contact 75. The Beacon described the 
highway being built in Brazil along the Amazon River 
and the way students from the seminaries witnessed to 
all people along the 1 ,000 mile road. 

Several attempts have been made by the Association to 
describe the services provided through the Associational 
office. One list of services appeared in the July 28, 
197 '6, Beacon. 

1 . Seeking to serve as a pastor to the seventy-two minis- 
ters and their families 

2. Seeking to serve as a pastor to the retired ministers in 
the area 

3. Coordinating the work of twenty-one associational 
committees and Jive organizations 

4. Assisting pastor selection committees 

5. Offering a wide variety of learning experiences in the 
form of workshops and seminars for pastors and lay 

leadership 

6. Being a resource person to pastors and churches who 
are experiencing difficulty 

7. Offering training Jor deacons in the seventy-two 
churches 

8. Working at establishing better relationships between 
pastor and people 

9. Introducing churches to mission opportunities here in 
Cleveland County 

10. Coordinator of the associational office and staff 

1 1 . Seeking to be alert to mission needs and coordinat- 
ing the resources of the association to meet those needs 

12. Assisting pastors in planning 

As the churches and the Association were becoming 
more involved in missions abroad, the churches and 
Association had opportunities to minister in a unique 
way to missionaries' kids who were attending Gardner- 
Webb. One organizational meeting was a banquet for 
M.K.'s and International students at Gardner-Webb on 
November 17, 1977. The Beacon stated: "This is more 
than just taking a student to dinner. This is an opportu- 



nity to get acquainted with a student who needs a friend 
and learn ways and means to extend our love!" 

Earlier Reverend CO. Greene referred to a busy 
schedule for the Director of Missions. In the 1980 
Minutes of the Association, Reverend Borders in his 
Director of Missions report stated in part: 

The ministry of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
far exceeds what I am involved in as Director of Missions. 
Yet my activity does reflect a part of that ministry. During 
the past year, it has been my privilege to preach forty-Jour 
sermons in the churches of our Association, to visit the wor- 
ship services J sixty-seven others and to visit in the home 
or office ojjijty-one ojour ministers. The past year I have 
conducted twenty-three workshops, seminars and/or mar- 
riage enrichment retreats. 

Reverend Borders explained other activities in which 
he had been involved. 

The predominance of Baptists in the county and the 
significant role played by Baptist men and women was 
made clear in the report of Historian Wyan Washburn at 
the 1974 associational meeting. He commented, "As 
your historian, I was pleased to note that on the recent 
selection of ten famous Cleveland County people to the 
Cleveland County Hall of Fame that six of them were 
Baptist laymen and one Baptist lay woman. For the 
Association to furnish the county with seven of ten of its 
most famous leaders speaks well of the Association." 

For many years, leaders in the Association had 
dreamed of having a Baptist Office Building. The offices 
of the staff of the Association had been located on sever- 
al sites in up-town Shelby. At the 129th session in 1979 
Joe Cabaniss reported that the Executive Board had 
unanimously approved plans for a proposed office build- 
ing. They had also approved plans of gifts to the associa- 
tional building fund with the churches using as a goal 
$5.00 per church member, per year. Between 1979 and 
1981 all the necessary plans were made, and the building 
was constructed. 






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On October 18, 1981 , the new associational building 
at 1 175 Wyke Road, Shelby, was formally opened and 
dedicated. The minutes of 1981 state: "During the two 
hours of open house, in spite of the glorious rain, 
between 700 and 800 persons came to see 'their' build- 
ing." The Building Committee report further stated: 

From this center our seventy-two churches, and the 
Christians who comprise these churches, are able to better 
accomplish Baptist interdependence and to accomplish 
the work of the Association as stated in Article II of our 
Association's Constitution. Under the leadership of the 
Holy Spirit this Association of churches seeks to further 
the Kingdom through the following: (1) the fostering of 
fellowship and cooperation among the member churches; 
(2) the ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of 
people; (3) the giving and receiving of information, assis- 
tance and training for member churches; (4) the coopera- 
tion with North Carolina Baptist State and Southern 
Baptist Conventions. 
The new building cost approximately $31 5,000. 

The Association continued to emphasize the importance 
of Sunday School. At the 129th associational meeting in 
1979, the Sunday School report included the statement: 
"Most people joining Southern Baptist churches were 
already members of the Sunday School when they joined 
the church. We baptized 242 people from within the 
Sunday School for everyone we reach outside the Sunday 
School organization." (It seems that most new Christians 
continue to come out of our church Sunday School.) 

Pastors in the Kings Mountain Association, at least in 
the period preceding 1980, have tended to have longer 
tenures in their churches than the state average. In the 
1980 report of the Director of Missions, Reverend 
Borders stated in part: 

/ have questioned the report of our Baptist State 
Convention concerning the length of pastors in the church- 
es. I have felt that the reported average for the state for two 
years and six months did not reflect pastor-church rela- 



tions in our Kings Mountain Association. We have con- 
ducted a study of pastor tenure in our Association. Our 
study covers a time span of forty years (1940-1979). 
When there was a change in pastors, nine months was 
allotted for the interim. Our associational average was five 
years, two months. I want to congratulate the pastors and 
churches for this achievement. 

History can be presented in book form or it can be pre- 
sented in many other forms. History was presented at the 
1 982 Associational Meeting at Bethel Baptist Church with 
a drama presenting the history of the host church. 
Reverend Paul Sorrells, pastor of Beaver Dam Baptist 
Church along with puppeteers from Poplar Springs 
Baptist Church arranged this significant presentation. 

At this same meeting of the Association, Christian 
Social Ministries Director Bob Davis reported a number 
of new and continuing social ministries including Prison 
Ministry, the support role of the Association with Child 
Abuse Prevention Services, the Literacy Ministry, and the 
Senior Adult Ministry. (The number of social ministries 
provided by the Association is mind boggling.) 

In the October, 1981 , issue of The Beacon, Director of 
Missions Cline Borders addressed the question of church 
growth. Some churches had grown faster than the pop- 
ulation growth in the area they served. However, the 
county as a whole grew 19. 37% during the last ten years 
while the churches showed a 14.42% growth rate. One 
approach to growth mentioned in this issue of The Beacon 
was the planned Simultaneous Crusade, "Here's Hope," 
April 25 - May 9, 1982. The 8.5 by '85 Campaign was 
designed to provide guidance and support in outreach. It 
was to help reach 8.5 million in the Southern Baptist 
Convention by 1985. 

Churches in the Association have excelled in different 
areas at different times. Double Springs Church by 1 983 
expanded its ministry by sponsoring a special radio Bible 
teaching ministry for the benefit of Sunday School teach- 
ers. The broadcast was produced and presented by the 



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B.E. Morris Academy at Gardner- Webb Station 
WGWG. 

In the May 1985 edition of The Beacon, Reverend Cline 
Borders noted how pleased he was to see three churches 
in the Kings Mountain Baptist Association honored for 
their giving through the Cooperative Program. In total 
gifts, Shelby First was listed as sixth, Elizabeth as forty- 
third, andWestview as one hundredth. At that time there 
were a total of 3 ,484 churches reported in the last annu- 
al meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North 
Carolina. Percentage giving more nearly reflects the 
commitment of individual members. In this category, 
Elizabeth Baptist was the leader in the Association by giv- 
ing 22.476% followed closely by Shelby First with 
21.536%. 

The churches of the Association have produced leaders 
for the Association, the State Convention, and the 
Southern Baptist Convention. 

D.P. or Palmer Brooks served the Baptist State 
Convention and was an editor of the Sunday School les- 
sons for the Sunday School Board in Nashville. Brooks 
returned to Cleveland County before his recent death. It 
was the pleasure of the author of this book to have him 
visit his Sunday School class on several occasions. 

Dr. Nolan P. Howington taught homiletics at the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, 
Kentucky. He also held positions with the Sunday School 
Board in Nashville. Howington served as curriculum 
coordinator in the Church Training Department and 
edited Sunday School lessons. Both he and his wife 
Marietta had material published. His writings included 
The Vigil of Prayer and was co-author of Growing Disciples 
Through Preaching. Dr. Howington pastored a number of 
churches including First Baptist Church in Little Rock, 
Arkansas. As a young man, he was a member of several 
churches in the Association including Pleasant Ridge and 
Beaver Dam. He felt the call to preach at the age of six 
and was known to refer to Reverend J.W. Suttle as his 
mentor in the ministry. His brother William reports that 



Nolan at a young age would go into the woods and 
preach to the trees. 

Despite the increase in number of churches in the 
Association, the Association and its churches have 
found itself throughout most of its history not keep- 
ing up with population growth. The report of 
Director of Missions Cline Borders at the 1985 asso- 
ciational meeting stated: "There are pressing needs in 
the Association. We are faced with a static declining 
Sunday School enrollment." 

The February 1986 issue of The Beacon included 
Reverend Borders stating that "half of Cleveland County 
does not have an on-going relationship with any Christian 
fellowship in the County." 

Earlier in this history the point has been made that 
churches do not exist to support the Association and its 
programs, but that the leaders of the Association exist to 
be of assistance to the churches. In an article appearing 
in the February 1989 Beacon, Reverend Phil Waugh, 
Association Family Ministries Director, promoted family 
enrichment. He stated: 

The purpose ojjamily enrichment in your church is to 
assist God in 'building up one another in love' through the 
family. Its focus is on: 1) couples, parents, and children; 

2) the relationships that occur among these individuals; 

3) the influences that affect the family units and individ- 
ual members; and 4) the calling out on mission of indi- 
vidual family members, couples, and/ or the whole family. 

Reverend Waugh continued by stating: 

Sometimes I get the impression that we feel the family is 
designed to meet the needs of the church rather than the 
church being designed to meet the needs of our families. I 
ask you, 'Is the family designed to meet the needs of the 
churches or is the church designed and ordained to meet 
the needs of families?' 

Later in the article Reverend Waugh stated: 



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We speak of God as our 'Heavenly Father' and that we refer 
to the universal church as the family of God.' We refer to 
our Association as the 'Family of Churches! We refer to our 
local church body as a 'Family of Families! Those who 
accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior are 'Born 
Again ' into the Family of God. 

It appeared to the author of this book while reading 
this assessment by Reverend Waugh, that the churches 
are made up of families and that the effectiveness of 
churches is dependent on the strength of families it 
serves. Likewise the strength of the Association is 
dependent upon the strength of the churches it serves. 
This could be carried on to the State Convention being 
dependent on the Association and the churches it serves 
and the Southern Baptist Convention being dependent 
on the State Convention, associations, churches, and 
families that it serves. 

By 1990 The Beacon was announcing that Gardner- 
Webb was reporting that its first Missionary -in - 
Residence, Reverend Mike Whelchel, and his family had 
arrived and were in the missionary home of First Baptist 
Church of Kings Mountain. Reverend Whelchel had eight 
years experience as a general evangelist, and had served as 
a seminary teacher in the Taiwan Baptist Seminary. 

After a fruitful ministry as Social Ministries Director, 
Bob Davis took a medical leave of absence in August of 
1989. The Beacon of January 22, 1990, reported that a 
love offering from the Kings Mountain Association totaled 
$5,804.12. Reverend Borders commented, "That is a 
worthy gift given to one who gave so much to so many. 
Bob received the gift with joy and amazement. It would 
not surprise me that upon receiving this information that 
you will respond with joy and amazement also." 

Comments of Cline Borders in The Beacon included the 
following: 

Boh Davis wrote a wonderful chapter in the history of the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. We will remember 
him for his ability to enlist and organize volunteers, his 



capacity to do much with little, and to find all available 
resources. He has been a bright spot in the lives of many 
and most certainly mine. 

Charles Reed became the new Director of Social 
Ministries or Director of Church and Community 
Ministries, as the term is now used, on September 30, 1 990. 

In The Beacon of March 19, 1991 , Director of Missions 
Cline Borders shared with the readers of The Beacon the 
statement that was made to the Executive Board mem- 
bers at Boiling Springs Baptist Church on January 28, 
1 99 1 . Excerpts from a rather lengthy statement as part 
of his resignation follow: 

These eighteen years have been challenging, rewarding and 
happy years. We have enjoyed a growing source of finan- 
cial support that has enabled us to minister more effective- 
ly. I am most grateful to the pastors and churchesfor their 
cooperation and support. So many have done so much that 
has enabled us to accomplish many of our goals. 
It has been my privilege to work with an excellent staff. 
They have made deliberate efforts to develop skills com- 
mensurate with their tasks. They have endeavored to 
demonstrate kindness, patience and helpfulness to each 
other and to those whom they serve. This happened not by 
accident, but through their deliberate and constant train- 
ing and evaluation. 

The work place called the Associational Office has been a 
pleasant place to report for duty and that has been an 
added and special blessing to me. Relationships have made 
the most arduous task a challenge to be accomplished 
rather than a duty to be performed. 

The author interviewed Reverend Cline Borders on 
June 14, 2000. Reverend Borders served as Director of 
Missions of the Kings Mountain Association from 1973 to 
1 99 1 . In the discussion a number of insights were gained 
about programs during this period. Reverend Borders 
expressed gratitude for the three persons who had pre- 
ceded him as Director of Missions or as Executive 
Director of the Association. He expressed a special 



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appreciation to Reverend CO. Greene, his immediate 
predecessor, for developing programs on which he and 
the Association could build. 

In addition to encouraging financial support for pas- 
tors, Reverend Borders explained the effort of the 
Association to assist the pastors of the Association in their 
personal growth and in dealing with church problems. 
According to Reverend Borders, a growth group for pas- 
tors met once a week for approximately four years. 
Pastors were expected to attend or call and explain their 
non-attendance. This group, Reverend Borders felt, 
enabled pastors to help each other and help him as 
Executive Director. Because of these experiences, 
Reverend Borders felt that some of these pastors length- 
ened their tenure as pastors. During this time period 
there were also groups for pastors' wives and a group for 
single people in the Association. In addition there was a 
fellowship of retired ministers and wives. Reverend 
Borders explained that one of the basic needs for the new 
associational building on Wyke Road was for the Social 
Ministries activities of the Association headed by 
Director of Social Ministries Reverend Bob Davis. 
This included the toy store, which became a model 
for toy stores in other associations. 

Reverend Borders also explained that it was during 
this period that the Association somewhat changed its 
role. Previously the Association had often served as 
the conduit for implementing programs developed by 
Baptist leadership at levels other than the Association. 
About this time, growing out of Gulf Shore 
Conferences and other meetings, there developed the 
idea that associations develop their own mission based 
on the experiences and needs of the Association. 

The Seminary Extension program developed or 
expanded during Reverend Borders' tenure. This pro- 
gram provided an opportunity for pastors and other 
interested students to stay at home and complete a por- 
tion of their required course of study. Reverend Borders 
remembers approximately fifteen to thirty-five students 



participating in the extension program each semester 
and believes that eighty to eighty-five percent of these 
went on to Southeastern to earn a degree. 

Reverend Borders shared several heart-warming sto- 
ries connected with the Associations attempt to help fam- 
ilies and individuals. One story is that Bob Davis, 
Director of Social Ministries, took a number of items, 
including candy, to children of migrant workers. One 
child seized the wash cloth which was part of the package 
and excitedly proclaimed, "A wash cloth of my very own." 

Another story was of assistance to a destitute fam- 
ily. One family was given $ 100.00 on down payment 
for an apartment. This family came every week with 
a plastic bag of money and eventually gave back 
$300.00. This man is now in business locally and still 
comes in on a regular basis to contribute to Church 
and Community Ministries. 

One of the most interesting success stories of the 
Association was the ministry to workers with the carni- 
val at the Cleveland County Fair. For some time there 
had been an interest in ministering to these workers. Fair 
officials were approached, and a cooperative endeavor 
began between the Kings Mountain Association and car- 
nival workers. The Association agreed to provide a 
breakfast, eventually including country ham, grits, eggs, 
bacon, etc. In return, the fair officials agreed for their 
workers to participate in a short worship service includ- 
ing music and a short talk or sermon. Some sixty-five 
persons showed up for the first breakfast. Different 
churches eventually sponsored the breakfast. A number 
of carnival workers made professions of faith. One 
of the carnival executives stated it was the first time 
he had known a community to reach out to meet 
the spiritual needs of their people. Joe Goforth, 
fair manager, stated that the activities of the 
Association were unique. The program affected not 
only the fair workers but provided a blessing to 
those who served. Many people began to call about 
helping with the fair ministry. Three young ladies 



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with the carnival had run away from home but 
returned to their parents. 

Reverend Borders was particularly pleased with the 
development of Christopher Road Church. A survey 
had shown that some 10,000 people at the time lived in 
Number Three Township but only some 400 were 
attending church. Every church was supportive of this 
church both financially and morally. This church organ- 
ized in 1 984 and at the time of the Association meeting 
in 2000 had 503 members. 

Reverend Borders, while serving as Executive 
Director of the Association, served on the state commit- 
tee to study pastor-church relations. He served one 
term as chairman of this group. Reverend Borders had 
a very active denominational ministry. Among these 
ministries were the leading of seminars in several states 
on stress management and pastoral care and a seminar 
on conflict management held at Gardner- Webb. He 
especially appreciated the opportunity to serve as a min- 
ister to pastors in the Association. 

The story of Gardner- Webb has previously been traced 
to the 1940s when RL. Elliott became president and the 
name of the school was changed to honor O. Max Gardner 



and his wife, Faye Webb Gardner, and their families. With 
a new energetic president, the support of the Gardners 
and many other families in Cleveland County and the end 
of World War II in 1 945 , the school began a period of 
growth and development that continues to the present. 

President Elliott served from 1943 to 1961. During 
this period the junior college moved from a small region- 
al junior college of some 150 students operated by the 
Kings Mountain Association and Sandy Run Association 
to a well recognized junior college supported by the 
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 

The school received all credentials needed by a junior 
college, including membership in the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. When 
Dr. Elliott died suddenly of a heart attack on April 14, 
1961, the school had become a leading junior college of 
North Carolina. Dr. Elliott had previously announced 
his retirement as of August 1 , 1961. Dr. E . Eugene 
Poston, chairman of the Department of Religion at 
Gardner- Webb, had already been chosen by the trustees 
to succeed Dr. Elliott. With Dr. Elliott's death, Dr. 
Poston was asked to become president immediately. 



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M. Christopher White School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University. 
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uring the presidency of Dr. Poston the 
school prepared for and became a fully 
accredited senior college. In 1971 the 
school graduated its first class as a four-year school with 
242 students receiving degrees. As the Elliott era had been 
a time of growth, so was the Poston era, 1961-1976, a 
time of tremendous expansion and maturing. 

The presidency of Craven Williams (1976-1986) saw 
the college add programs to give greater opportunity for 
the students who were blind or deaf or had other learn- 
ing disabilities to study at Gardner- Webb. During this 
period the curriculum was expanded to provide degrees 
in several areas including sign language. 

The history of Gardner- Webb has been briefly dis- 
cussed to 1 986 when the presidency of Craven Williams 
ended. Dr. Williams was succeeded by Dr. Christopher 
White . During the presidency of Dr. White the school 
has added new academic programs, increased the cam- 
pus facilities, including a number of new buildings, and 
moved to new levels in athletic competition. 

With the addition of a number of graduate degree 
programs including degrees in the Divinity School and 
the School of Business, the school in 1993 took the title 
of university. The school thus moved from Boiling 
Springs High School in 1907 to Boiling Springs Junior 
College in 1928, Gardner- Webb Junior College in 1942, 
Gardner- Webb College in 1971, and Gardner- Webb 
University in 1993. 

The University, with its growth to more than 3,000 
students and a faculty of more than one hundred, has a 
very bright future in the history of Christian higher edu- 
cation in America. 



Between the end of the tenure of Cline Borders as 
Director of Missions and the announcement of the selec- 
tion of Leland Kerr as the new Director of Missions, Sam 
Snyder served in the interim from April 1991 to 
December 1991. Rev. Snyder was a graduate of 
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake 
Forest. He had previously served as pastor of Christian 
Freedom Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and from 
October 1989 to October 1990 had been Interim 
Director of Church and Community Ministries for the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. One of his accom- 
plishments as Interim Director of Church and 
Community Ministries was an expanded and enhanced 
volunteer program and the establishment of an agree- 
ment with area tree companies to provide wood to needy 
families for heat. 

In the December 1 99 1 /January 1 992 Beacon Reverend 
Snyder wrote his last article. He stated in part: 

It has been a pleasure to serve you as jour interim director 
of missions. The Director of Missions Search Committee, 
under the able leadership of Dr. Jim Richardson, has done 
a wonderful work. As jour new director of missions, 
Reverend Leland Kerr comes to serve you. I know each per- 
son in this Association joins me in pledging to him our 
love, prayers and support. 

God could not have chosen a better work or a better place 
for me to end my active ministry. I leave thanking God for 
each of you and for the faithful servants you are in God's 
Kingdom. Remember to love one another even as Christ 
has loved you. 

The report of the Search Committee for a Director of 
Missions was included in the January /February 1992 
Beacon. It stated: 



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The duties and responsibilities of your Director of Missions 
Search Committee come to a close on Sunday, February 2. 
On that date, we are planning a reception for Reverend 
Leland Kerr and his family This reception will be held at 
the Kings Mountain Baptist Associational office building 
from 2:00-4:00 p.m. This will be an excellent opportu- 
nity to welcome Leland and his family to our Association 
and to give him a sense of our prayers and support as he 
officially begins his work. All people of our Association are 
invited and I know that you will want to mark your cal- 
endar and make a special effort to be present. 
Thank you again for the privilege that has been mine to 
serve our Association as chairman of the Search 
Committee. I also want to thank the committee members 
themselves — Sandra Ellis, Ann Seism, Bob Lamb, Mary 
Harris, Teala McSwain, and Joe Mauney They were a joy 
and privilege with which to work. 

A strong foundation has been built at Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. Bright days are ahead as we strive to 
serve the Lord together. 

Jim Richardson, chairman 

Director of Missions Search Committee 

Leland Kerr was well known to some people in the 
Association. He had attended Gardner-Webb College 
from which he graduated in 1973. The new Director of 
Missions had earned the Mastor of Arts degree from 
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, 
Texas and had done additional graduate work. He had 
served several churches in three different states between 
1971 and 1985. The titles were somewhat different, but 
he had served as minister of youth in all these churches. 
From April 1985 to January 1988, he was minister of 
Education and Administration at Parkwood Baptist Church 
in Annandale, Virginia, and served as Church Development 
Director of the Gaston Baptist Association. 



The new Director of Missions, Leland Kerr, continued 
with the accolades for Bob Davis. In The Beacon of 
February /March 1992 he stated: 

/ am sure you join me to congratulate Reverend Bob Davis 
on recently receiving the Excellence in Ministry Award 

from the North Carolina Baptist Associational Staff 
Fellowship. I had the privilege to present the award to Bob 
on their behaf during our Executive Board meeting in 

January. This award from Bob's peers is a further recogni- 
tion of the great work he did in our Association for eleven 
and one-half years as our Church and Community 
Ministries Director. We thank God for him and his family. 

The death of Bob Davis was reported in the Nov/ Dec 
1997 Beacon by Executive Director Leland Kerr. 

Remembering 
Robert G. Davis, Sr. 

Since the last issue of The Beacon, Bob Davis passed away. 
Bob served as the first Church and Community Ministries 
Director of our Association from 1978 to 1989, when he 
retired due to physical disability. Our Association dedicat- 
ed our annual minutes in his honor in 1991 . The follow- 
ing quote from those minutes speaks appropriately about 
his years at KMBA: 

'During his time as Church and Community Ministries 
Director, he created a model program to touch a variety of 
human hurts including prison, jail, migrant, juvenile 
court, literacy, developmental disabilities, emergency and 
relief, visually handicapped, substance abuse and the 
annual Christmas Toy Store'. 

Only eternity will reveal the number of lives Bob touched in 
his years of ministry The strong reputation of our Church 
and Community Ministries work in our local helping com- 
munity and across this state and denomination is in large 
part a result of his dedicated service. We will remember him 
with gratitude and fondness. At the time of his death, he 
was a member of First Baptist Church, Lowell, North 
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to KMBA. I want to encourage you to pray for his family 
- his wife, Harriet and his sons Gray, Ashley, and Ben. 1 
also want to encourage you to support our Christmas Toy 
Store this year as a memorial to him through your gifts 
and by considering being a volunteer. 

As he began his ministry with the Association, Leland 
Kerr stated in the January /February 1992 Beacon that a 
key word in his thinking was gratitude. He stated: "I was 
moved deeply to be called as your new Director of 
Missions and it is an honor to serve with you. I am 
grateful for your confidence in me and support of me to 
lead this great Association." 

He then stated that words of gratitude are appropri- 
ate for so many people including the family of churches 
who prayed for and supported the Search Committee, 
the Search Committee who diligently sought God's 
will, the Associational staff for "carrying on" in such a 
compassionate and helpful spirit during the interim 
months and period of transition, Reverend Sam Snyder 
for his willingness to "stand in the gap" during the last 
eight to nine months as the interim director, for the 
thousands of Baptists who helped shape the Association 
and strengthened its ministry from its birth in 1851, 
and for the four men who have previously served this 
Association. 

Early in his period of service, Reverend Kerr (in The 
Beacon) gave emphasis to the importance of our church- 
es reaching young people for Christ. He used material 
from a book by George Barna entitled User Friendly 
Churches. Barna had found that church leaders believed 
that ministering to young people was a key to having a 
growing healthy church. Barna had stated that youth 
represent the highest potential for conversion. His 
organization's research suggested that two of every 
three adults who are Christian made the decision to 
accept Christ as Savior before they reached the age of 
eighteen. Thus ministry to young people is a means of 
efficient evangelism. Director of Missions Kerr 



explained that research in the Kings Mountain 
Association for the Strategy Planning Report (Fall 
1 990) revealed that the largest age group in Cleveland 
County is 15 - 29 years of age. Lay leaders from the 
Association had responded that youth ministry and 
evangelism should be priority concerns for the 
Association. The Director explained "this is our 
approved strategy plan for 1991-1996." 

Reverend Kerr explained that in just a few days there 
was an event planned that would help the Association 
address youth evangelism. Rescue '92 was to be held at 
Gardner-Webb in the Convocation Center April 2-4, 
1992, with the purpose statement "to reach the 
unsaved and unchurched youth in our county." 

In 1992, "Listening Sessions" were held at various 
places in the Association with at least one session in each 
of the groups into which the Association is divided. 
These sessions were designed to discuss the process 
leading to the future employment of a Church 
Development Director. The Executive Committee, 
Church Development Director Search Committee, and 
the Finance Committee were all involved in the prepa- 
ration and process. 

In recent years a number of churches have used the 
workbook prepared by Henry Blackaby and Claude King 
entitled Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of 
God. This study was recommended to the churches of 
the Association in the June /July 1992 edition of The 
Beacon. In one church an announcement was made that 
they would not have a session of experiencing God that 
Sunday because of illness. (A church blooper). 

On August 1, 1992, the Association stepped out on 
faith to provide a missionary house for the "Missionary - 
in-Residence" at Gardner- Webb. The Beacon reported 
that the Association had a unique opportunity for "up 
close and personal" involvement in world missions. A 
fully furnished house in Grover had been rented for 
$500.00 a month. The Missions Committee and 
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missionaries was an important step for the Association to 
continue to raise the awareness of and support of mis- 
sions. The missionaries were Chris and Pamela Ammons, 
missionaries to Peru, and their children Pam and Jay, II. 
The Association planned to fund the rent through the 
commitment of missions groups and organizations in the 
churches to provide one full month's rent or a portion of 
a month. 

The Ammons family later expressed appreciation 
through The Beacon. The statement included: "We have 
been greatly surprised by your generosity in providing 
such a beautiful house, and then filling it with every 
needed item at the pounding." 

Fidel Castro once said that Communism grows on 
empty bellies. The fact that Communism has been the 
controlling ideology in large parts of the world and is still 
the controlling political and economic system in places 
such as China and Cuba may be to some extent an 
indictment of Christianity. If Christianity had been 
more concerned with ministering to the physical needs 
of people as well as their spiritual needs, Communism 
probably would never have gained the support it has had. 

We Baptists like to eat, and we sometimes say that we 
don't know how to get food off our plates to the starv- 
ing in places such as Bangladesh and Sub Sahara, Africa. 
Yet we may be somewhat like the little boy who had 
been invited to Sunday School many times and finally 
blurted out that he already knew how to do a lot better 
than he was doing. We Baptists probably know some 
things that we could and should be doing. The 
September/ October 1992 issue of The Beacon in urging 
World Hunger Day printed suggestions made by the 
Christian Life Committee of the Association. These 
were: (1) pray for the homeless; (2) study what the 
Bible says about the poor, hungry, fatherless children and 
widows; (3) examine the causes and cures of hunger; 
(4) observe World Hunger Day; (5) give to hunger min- 
istries; (6) get involved in feeding the hungry at the 
night shelter or Kings Mountain Association Friday 



Lunch Program; (7) talk about the issues and keep 
awareness high in your church. Each reader could prob- 
ably mention other ways in which individual Christians 
and churches can minister to the hungry. 

North Carolina and Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association Baptists have been concerned for a long-time 
with feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and minis- 
tering to those in prison in the local area. 

A new area of need has occurred in recent years as the 
East Coast of the United States has been devastated by 
intermittent hurricanes. Baptists have been quick to 
respond to the needs of people in the devastated areas. 
Often the people whose homes were destroyed or who 
suffered other losses were not known personally by 
most people in the churches of the Kings Mountain 
Association. One instance in which hurricane losses 
affected a family known well to some of the churches 
was in the fall of 1992 when Hurricane Aniki struck the 
Hawaiian Islands. Mel Campos was pastor of the Eleele 
Baptist Church on the island of Kauai. Word was 
received back in Cleveland County that the home of Mel 
Campos and his wife Cindy and their two daughters was 
destroyed by this hurricane as well as the church which 
Mel pastored. Mel and Cindy Campos are formerly 
from our area. Mel, a native of Hawaii, is a Gardner- 
Webb graduate and former member and deacon of 
Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Cindy is a native of our 
area and grew up in the Beaver Dam Baptist Church. 
Poplar Springs Baptist Church solicited monetary con- 
tributions on behalf of the Campos family and their 
church. Through The Beacon other individuals and 
churches were invited to make a contribution. 

Other Gardner- Webb graduates have had an on- 
going relationship with the Association. Mike Remy 
of Haiti was a Gardner- Webb graduate and one of the 
first recipients of a Christian Service Organization 
scholarship. The Web, a Gardner-Webb publication, 
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Haiti had been named in honor of Dr. J. Thurman 
Lewis, one of his former teachers at Gardner- Webb. 

Mike Remy remained in touch with the Association 
and had kept the Association aware of his progress and 
problems in developing churches in Haiti. In a publica- 
tion of The Beacon in 1992, long-term and short-term 
ministry projects were listed for Mike Remy in Haiti. 

These projects included help for the church building 
in Palmista, Haiti, and completion of the Bethesda 
Baptist Church building. He also asked for financial sup- 
port for his family as they had lost a "good bit" of their 
support during the years and at that time had two chil- 
dren in college. All four of Remy 's children and a daugh- 
ter-in-law attended Gardner-Webb. Bruner Remy 
received the M.B.A. degree from Gardner-Webb and 
now, along with his wife, recently operated a Christian 
bookstore in Shelby; McFarland Remy is pastor of a 
church in Kings Mountain; Michelle Remy also lives in 
Kings Mountain; and Idelette Remy lives in Florida and 
is employed by the Sun Sentinel. 

The Association has supported home and foreign mis- 
sion offerings in our churches and supported in various 
ways people who became known to the Association 
through various means including Gardner- Webb. 

The Association has also been involved in carrying the 
gospel and assisting in several ways minority ethnic 
groups in the Cleveland County area. One of these 
groups assisted by the Association has been the Spanish 
speaking people in the area. The Association played a sig- 
nificant role in providing a Habitat for Humanity House 
for the Espinal family. The groundbreaking for the house 
was on Saturday, January 9, 1993. 

Director of Missions Kerr has kept missions at the 
forefront of his Associational emphasis. He has pointed 
out that a major means of making disciples is through an 
emphasis on and involvement in various missions efforts. 
At one point in 1992 he emphasized: (1) partnership 
with the Greater Rochester Baptist Association; (2) two 
new foreign mission partnerships to begin in South Africa 



and Japan; (3) upcoming World Missions Conference 
May 17-22 of 1997. 

One of the highlights of the year 1 992 was the "Live it 
to the Max 2." In The Beacon of May /June 1 992 , Director 
of Missions Kerr stated: "What a thrilling sight it was to 
see 1 50 + youth from eighteen of our churches (and one 
not in the Kings Mountain Association) singing and shar- 
ing about the difference Christ makes in one's life." 
Reverend Kerr continued by thanking the people who 
made it possible. 

At various times churches that were recognized at the 
state level have been mentioned in this history though no 
attempt has been made to recognize every church listed 
in a statewide recognition. One significant recognition 
was reported in the May /June 1992 Beacon. Four 
Association churches had been listed in the Biblical 
Recorder as "Top North Carolina Churches in Baptisms." 
Christopher Road was 30th with fifty-nine baptisms; 
Bethel was 38th with forty-nine baptisms; Macedonia 
was 52nd with forty-three baptisms; and Putnam 
Memorial was 103rd with thirty-two baptisms. 

Another highlight of 1992 was the Rick Gage 
Crusade. The Beacon reported: 

What a wonderful privilege it isjor me to report to you 
that 288 precious souls came to know Jesus Christ as 
Saviour during the Rick Gage Crusade. Vm also excited to 
report to you that more than 7 SO total decisions were 
made during this Jour-day crusade. Kings Mountain truly 
experienced revival. 

To all of you who worked so hard to make this crusade a 
huge success, I say thanks. God truly has His hand on Rick 
Gage and I challenge you to pray for him daily. While Rick 
was in Kings Mountain he spoke to over 2000 teenagers 
in our high school and middle school. The reports are that 
through his "On Track" assembly program and the youth 
night of the crusade our schools will never be the same 
again. Teenagers are carrying their Bibles to school and are 
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Because of the crusade our area is more excited about Jesus 
than ever before. Again I say thank you to all the church- 
es and individuals who participated in the crusade. You 
truly made the difference! May God truly bless your work 
for Him. 

Reverend David Philbeck 

Chairman, Kick Gage Crusade 

An oft quoted opening sentence of A Tale of Two Cities 
by Charles Dickens says, "It was the best of times, it was 
the worst of times." Reverend Leland Kerr used these 
words to describe Baptist life in the April/May 1992 
Beacon. He mentioned several of the positive signs in 
Baptist life, including the numerous open doors and 
opportunities to share the gospel and minister to people. 
He referred to the North Carolina Baptist Men's 
Medical /Dental Bus, the Rick Gage Crusade in May of 
1992, and the "Listening Sessions" across the Association 
to discuss the process for calling a Church Development 
Director. Reverend Kerr stated, "In many ways these are 
the best of times."We should rejoice! 

He went on to say, "Regrettably, these are also the 
worst of times." He mentioned that the eyes of the world 
are upon Southern Baptists these days as we struggle with 
difficult decisions. One of the decisions in the state was 
the decision of two North Carolina Baptist Churches to 
endorse the homosexual lifestyle. 

In the same issue of The Beacon, Reverend Kerr raised 
the issue of what can we do? One of the points made was 
to determine individually and corporately to seize the 
opportunity to open doors to the "best of times" even 
though the "worst of times" decisions cry for our attention. 

The fact that the office of the Association exists to 
serve the churches was illustrated in The Beacon of 
April/May 1992. The Association offered to train lead- 
ers in the local churches to lead Children's and Youth 
Bible Drills. Local leaders in cooperation with the 
Association have successfully trained many youth and 



children in Bible Drills. It was pointed out in The Beacon 
that if we want to disciple our children, one of the best 
ways is through Bible Drills. 

Churches encourage their members to be good stew- 
ards, and this often means increasing their giving to the 
local church. Speaking for the Association, the Director 
of Missions at times calls upon the churches to give sup- 
port to Associational missions or activities. In the 
August /September 1993 Beacon Reverend Kerr stated: 

/ want to encourage you to consider increasing your gifts to 
Associational Missions. Five percent of your undesignated 
church gifts has been suggested. At the present time sixteen 
of our churches are giving less to Associational Missions now 
than they did five years ago, three continue to give the same 
amount, and eight are giving nothing. Our work as an 
Association is important. As our purpose states we work 
together for the enlargement, enrichment, and strengthen- 
ing of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in Cleveland 
County. May we all catch the vision and support this great 
work. 

In 1993 there was considerable promotion of the Bill 
Glass Crusade at Gardner- Webb University October 3 1 - 
November 7. 

In the United States in the latter part of the Twentieth 
Century and early Twenty- First Century much attention 
has been given to the problems of AIDS and various sex- 
ually transmitted diseases. Also much attention has been 
given to many other sex-related problems such as abor- 
tion and teenage pregnancy. Kings Mountain Association 
Baptists along with others have attempted to give mean- 
ing and significance to the statement and life style of 
"True Love Waits." On Monday, January 17, 1994, at 
Malcolm Brown Auditorium, the Kings Mountain Baptist 
association sponsored an Associational Youth Rally for 
"True Love Waits." The speaker was Dr. Fred Lopez, a 
physician in practice in Oklahoma City and National 
Missionary for the Home Mission Board, Southern 
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In The Beacon of March /April 
1993, Reverend Russell Fitts, 
moderator at the time, reminded 
that the Association voted in annu- 
al session in 1 990 to call a Church 
Development Director. He 

explained that a Church 
Development Director, upon invi- 
tation, can come and help any of 
our churches for a period of time. 
He stated, "We can do it, the 
Association can do it. Let's all put 
some prayer and a little bit more 
money to the annual budget of the 
Kings Mountain Baptist 

Association and we will be on our 
way. 

In the May/June 1993 Beacon, Reverend Kerr report- 
ed that at the last Executive Board meeting, the mem- 
bers voted to activate the Search Committee for a 
Church Development Director. He stated: 

This is an important step of faith that recognizes the over- 
whelming needjor such a position. Throughout the histo- 
ry of this Association, the churches have faithfully and sac- 
rificially supported the work of the Association and accept- 
ed the financial challenges confidently as each level of 
work was expanded or newly created. We can do it again, 
we must do it again as we call a Church Development 
Director to work with all of our churches in the area of 
evangelism and outreach, organization and program 
development, training of leadership, identifying target 
group needs and ministries and much, much more. 

In the July /August 1993 Beacon Leland Kerr wrote 
from a Backyard Bible Club site in Hamlin, New York, on 
the last day of the Association's mission trip. Sixty-five 
(65) youth and adults from twelve churches had worked 
in the Greater Rochester Baptist Association the week of 
July 9- 1 7. He stated, "We led Backyard Bible Clubs in five 




Reverend Leland Kerr 

Executive Director 
1992 - present 



sites across the Greater Rochester 
Baptist Association." They worked 
with three of their eleven church- 
es in various ways, including wor- 
ship services in three churches, 
and spent time in the homes of 
various members. 

The Beacon report of the 
Director of Missions stated: 

As we prepare to come hack home I 
have various impressions about our 
Association partnership with the 
Greater Rochester Baptist 
Association: (1) The people in New 
York have the same kinds of needs, 
concerns, and problems as we do in 
North Carolina; (2) The churches we worked with struggle 
to reach people finance their work, and find pastors; (3) We 
take our "church building for granted. They meet in inex- 
pensive, poorly equipped buildings (except for PleasantValley 
Baptist); (4) The members of New York churches are over- 
whelmed by our sacrifice of time and energy to come and 
help them. We have made friends that we will never forget; 
(5) The Greater Rochester Baptist Association covers a pop- 
ulation area of over 1,000,000 people. There are eleven 
churches and 750 Southern Baptists in this area; (6) We 
need to be partners with the Greater Rochester Baptist 
Association. Numerous opportunities are available. We will 
be able to help in significant ways. 

Reverend Kerr continued by thanking the churches 
who sent people on the mission trip. These churches 
were Christopher Road; Churchill Drive; Flint Hill; 
Grover First; Love Valley; New Hope; Pleasant 
Grove; Pleasant Hill; Poplar Springs; Second, Kings 
Mountain; Union; Westview; Sandy Plains, Gastonia; 
Southside, Gaffhey; andTuckaseigee, Mt. Holly. (You 
will note that three churches listed are not part of the 
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people who went from each church, but space did not 
permit listing these names. 

A number of poems and prayers have been used in The 
Beacon from time to time. One that the author particu- 
larly liked was a prayer for our pastors appearing in the 
July/ August 1993 Beacon. 

A Prayer for Our Pastors 

Dear God, 

Bless our pastors today! Make them too big to he little, too 
wise to be foolish, too spiritual to be worldly, too tall to get 
chips on their shoulders, too zealous to be idle, too cultured 
to be coarse, and too joyful to be morbid. 
Save themjrom the love of big words, the jear of carnal 
people, the tedium of too many announcements and the pit 
of pointless preaching. 

Strengthen them when they would be lured into shallow or 
deep sins, when the stand they must take will not be appre- 
ciated by the people who pay their salaries, and when they 
are the target of tongues whetted to a severe sharpness. 
Empower them with the spirit of Christ to make them 
effective in the pulpit, calm under pressure, and strong even 
in weakness. 

Give them wisdom to wait when they do not know what to 
do, love when they must rebuke the wolf scattering the 
flock, and grace when they must sit silently suffering rather 
than arise in self-defense. 

Fill them with unction every Sunday, with enthusiasm 
every Monday, and with your Holy Spirit every day. 
And help me not to discuss their faults with anyone but 
Thee, God. 

Amen 

(copied) 

In the April 1 994 Reverend Kerr welcomed Bonnie 
Doughtie to the Association as Church Development 
Director. Bonnie came to this ministry from the position 



of Minister of Education for almost eleven years at 
Boiling Springs Baptist Church. She is a native of 
Portsmouth, Virginia, and a graduate of Mars Hill 
College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 
Previously she served four other churches in North 
Carolina and Virginia. Reverend Kerr stated in part: 

Her call to the position ended a nearly four year process. 
This included a recommendation to create the position in the 
1 990 Strategy Planning Report, the appointment of a 
Search Committee, writing a job description, putting the 
committee on hold between Directors of Missions, re-activat- 
ing the committee, holding six listening sessions about the 
position, gathering resumes, interviewing candidates, the 
committees recommending and extending a call to Bonnie 
with the unanimous vote four Executive Board on May 23. 
She began her work with the Association on July 1, 1994. 

Bonnie Doughtie in the same issue of The Beacon stat- 
ed: "I thank you for your vote to call me as Church 
Development Director. I ask that you pray for me as I 
conclude my nearly eleven years of ministry at Boiling 
Springs Baptist Church." 

In 1 994 a mission group again went to Rochester, New 
York. There were 155 persons from nineteen churches. 
Reverend Kerr wrote in the August 1994 Beacon: 

Traveling through the farming country between 
Genesco and Corning, New York the words of Jesus 
came to mind repeatedly: 

The harvest truly is plenteous hut the laborers 
are few: pray ye therefore, the Lord of the har- 
vest that He will send laborers into His harvest 
(Matthew 9:37-38). 

The churches that participated in the 1 994 trip were 
Allen Memorial, Bethel, Boiling Springs, Christopher 
Road, Dover, Eastside at Shelby, Elizabeth, Flint Hill, 
Love Valley, Mt. Sinai, New Hope, Piedmont at 
Lawndale, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Ridge, 
Poplar Springs, Union, Fellowship at Iron Station, and 
Sandy Plains at Gastonia. 



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These 155 laborers had participated by driving, cook- 
ing, and witnessing through Backyard Bible Clubs, pup- 
petry and music and through construction, painting, 
leading worship services, nursing home ministry, and 
much, much more. 

Bonnie Doughtie's Lightlines in The Beacon stated: 
"In Acts 16 Paul wrote, Come over to Macedonia and 
help us. Our Macedonia has been the Greater 
Rochester Association. The mission trip team minis- 
tered in many ways." 

In earlier periods, reports at Association meetings 
dealing with Christian Life often dealt with the liquor 
problem and other specific problems. In more recent 
years other social problems have gained greater attention 
by the Association. Various reports have emphasized the 
family as God's first and foremost institution. An article 
in The Beacon of August 1994 by the Christian Life 
Committee concluded with the statement: "Our hierar- 
chy of concern is the person and the family. Beyond the 
family we are called to effect for good other institutions: 
the church, business, government and education." 

The author of this book believes that it is not a mean- 
ingless cliche to say: "That as the family goes so goes our 
nation." We might add that "as the family goes so goes the 
churches, the Association, State Convention, and 
Southern Baptist Convention." 

In 1994 more missionaries were in the county and 
working with the Association in various ways. 
Missionaries-in-Residence then teaching at Gardner- 
Webb were Dr. Roy Cooper and Dirce Cooper from 
Costa Rica and Reverend Rob Norman and Mickie 
Norman from Greece. Two other families with mission 
backgrounds were also in the area: Dr. Roy Wyatt and 
Joyce Wyatt, retired from the International Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Cali, Columbia. After serving 
for a year in the Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago, 
Chile, they were teaching at Gardner- Webb in 1 994. Dr. 
Edwardo Steibel and Dr. Sophia Steibel were also at 
Gardner- Webb. Dr. Sophia Steibel was a graduate of 



Gardner- Webb and a former president of a seminary in 
Brazil. Sophia Steibel still teaches at Gardner- Webb. 

It has been stated that no attempt would be made to 
discuss every program or workshop in the Association and 
some have not been mentioned. However, the Laubach 
Literacy Training Workshop at Temple Baptist Church 
early in 1993 should be mentioned. Despite all the 
emphasis on education, the rate of illiteracy is still high in 
Cleveland County. Baptists need to grow through various 
means, including reading of the Bible and Christian liter- 
ature. For those who cannot read this is impossible. 

It has been explained earlier that special emphasis 
was to be given by the Association to youth in the 
1990's. The Beacon reported three youth ministry 
events in 1995: (1) Youth Roman Road Training in 
preparation for Here's Hope Share Jesus Now; (2) A 
winter Ski Retreat at Ridgecrest Conference Center 
and Wolf Laurel Ski Resort; and (3) Rescue '95, the 
fifth Annual Area- Wide Youth Crusade. Churches were 
urged to pray for and hopefully have some of their 
youth participate in some or all of the activities. Home 



and Foreign Mi; 



have through the 



years 



major emphases of the churches and the Association. 
In the thoughts of the Director of Missions in The 
Beacon of April /May 1995 were the following: 

"Churches in Association: Partners in Evangelism is the 
theme for the Associational Missions Week, May 22-28. 
The following quote describes this partnership: 
"Interlocking churches, lovingly and carefully woven 
together, create a wondrous unity in missions. 
It is a mission committed to evangelism, built on the 
belief that Christians are to share the love of Christ with 
all people. 

"Together churches in the Association create a beautiful tap- 
estry, offering a brilliant reflection of the Light of the 
World." 

Rev. Kerr reported in the same issue of The Beacon on 
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the Association. He reported contributions January- 
March from 1992 — 1995 in the article. More current 
information follows on what churches in the Association 
contributed January-December from 1995 — 1999: 

January - December 
Receipts front Churches 

1995 $253,894.59 

1996 $270,929.24 

1997 $283,015.92 

1998 $278,548.78 

1999 $275,657.12 

2000 $294,603.18 

In addition to missions, evangelism has continued to be 
a major emphasis of the churches and the Association. A 
different kind of opportunity to promote evangelism 
occurred on October 2-3, 1995, at Malcolm Brown 
Auditorium in Shelby when The Masterpiece: A Toymaker's 
Dream was presented on both nights. It was a powerful 
stage production that chronicled the classic struggle 
between good and evil through the allegory of toys and 
toymakers. It had been seen by over two million people 
in twenty- one foreign countries and in many of the 
states. 

Bonnie Doughtie was very excited about the CPR 
(Challenging People to Renew) training event in 1995. 
She headlined the article in The Beacon of September 
1995: Wow! Overwhelming! Amazing! Fantastic! She 
stated, "These are words to describe CPR. Over 500 
people had been registered for the event on Monday 
evening with new people on Tuesday." Bonnie asserted, 
"People were excited about joining together for training. 
The faculty were superb and well prepared." 

One person who read the original manuscript for this 
book felt it needed more humor, so the author decided to 
tell a story based on Bonnie's use of "fantastic." The story 
is that a man was named Fantastic at birth. The name 
embarrassed and bothered him so much that he instruct- 



ed his wife not to put Fantastic on his tombstone. When 
he died, the bewildered wife didn't know what to put on 
his tombstone. She finally in desperation used the fol- 
lowing: " Here lies a faithful husband of fifty years. He 
never looked at another woman." You guessed it! People 
read the inscription and said "Why that's fantastic." His 
name lived on after death. 

In 1995 the World A Resource Center opened at 
Gardner- Webb. World A is the least evangelized and 
most unreached area of the world that included approxi- 
mately one fourth of the world's population. This center 
designed to educate and challenge to greater involve- 
ment in missions in these areas of the world is now called 
The Global Missions Resource Center. 

Baptists of all ages have traditionally been a people who 
liked to sing. Young people in the Association have had 
opportunities to come together for several music groups. 
On April 29, 1995, the first Senior Adult Music Festival 
was held atWestview Baptist Church. This was the begin- 
ning of an annual festival which has brought seniors 
together for music. Also, many of the churches have been' 
represented at North Carolina Senior Music festivals. 

Bonnie Doughtie, Church Development Director, 
reflected on another mission trip to Rochester, New 
York, in 1995. In The Beacon of August 1995, she shared 
some of her reflections including the following: 

Construction crew able to complete the framing, rafters, 
roof and window / door frames; children receiving Christ as 
Lord and Savior through Backyard Bible Clubs; children 
excited about receiving a Bible for the first time; children 
coming to VBS hungry and wanting to save their snacks for 
when they went home; youth from the KMBA accepting 
Christ; bonding between our youth and Rochester youth; 
fellowship with wonderful Christians and church members 
grateful for the work and wondering why we came up there 
to minister. 

In 1 995 among the many activities promoted by Charles 
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were Hopebuilders, a Chemical Dependency Workshop, 
Christmas in July, and the Christmas Toy Store. 

Bonnie Doughtie, in the October /November 1995 
issue of The Beacon, drew from an article in a Church of 
Christ publication in St. Joseph, Illinois. She passed on 
some tips on how to lead a congregation to develop a 
vision of what God wants to do in and through a church. 
These seven suggestions were under the title: "How to 
Dream Successfully." Each of the suggestions has been 
shortened somewhat: (1) awareness of the purpose of 
one's church; (2) knowledgeable of God's working in the 
past; (3) awareness of the opportunities around the 
church; (4) availability of God to meet these needs; (5) 
awareness of how God can help one meet these needs; 
(6) praying without ceasing; and (7) holding to one's 
dream. The article stated "The world and the church are 
full of people who say it cannot be done. A church with 
vision simply asks, 'If God wants it done, how will we do 
it?' Leaders who let their dreams be stifled will soon stop 
dreaming all together." The article closed with the ques- 
tion, "What is your dream for your church for the com- 
ing year?" 

Promise Keepers is a relatively new emphasis for men 
to play proper roles as Christian husbands and fathers. 
The Association in early 1 996 began making the church- 
es aware of meetings of this group to be held in Atlanta, 
Charlotte, and other sites. The Executive Director in 
The Beacon of March 1 996 encouraged each church to 
consider beginning Promise Keepers with the men and 
to attend future meetings of Promise Keepers. A meet- 
ing of Promise Keepers was later held at Gardner- Webb. 

A number of churches in the Kings Mountain 
Association and pastors have received significant recogni- 
tion. One of these was the 1996 recognition of Dr. Jim 
Toole, pastor of Christ Covenant Church, as "Church 
Planter of the Year" in North Carolina in 1995. This 
award was given by the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina. 



In the spring of 1996, Leland Kerr and Glenn Walker 
flew to South Africa as part of a survey team of North 
Carolina Baptists to help set up and plan a partnership 
between South Africa and North Carolina Baptists. This 
has led to much emphasis at the church, Association, and 
State Baptist Convention level on the country of South 
Africa and its spiritual needs. 

Many individuals have come to the Association and 
the churches of the Association in the 1990's: 

One of these persons was Yasuaki Fukunaga, who 
came to the area in 1995. He came on recommen- 
dation of Dennis and Debbie Connell, Missionaries 
to Japan and former Missionaries-in-Residence in the 
Association. In the April 1996 Beacon Leland Kerr 
stated, "He has held many concerts, participated in 
multiple Associational activities, sung in choirs, rung 
handbells and much more. In general he has 
endeared himself to us and we hate to see him leave." 

HIV / AIDS has been a health problem in many parts 
of the world. The women of the Association have for 
many years taken the lead in promoting missions and in 
recent years have promoted activities designed to help 
persons affected by this health problem. 

In The Beacon of April /May 1996 the Church and 
Community Ministries Director thanked those people who 
did such an outstanding job in collecting funds and items for 
ministering to people with HIV / AIDS. He stated: 

After some of the first items came in, I invited a lady to 
come by and get some of the detergent, bleach and other 
cleaning and hygiene items collected or brought to my 
office. As she was sorting though some of the items, I could 
hear her sobbing. When she took what she wanted she was 
so appreciative and conveyed to me what a big help this 
would be to her family in their time of need. Then through 
the stream of tears, she said, "It means the world to me to 
know that someone cares." 

As the author read this, I thought how easy it is to crit- 
icize people with AIDS and remembered the biblical 






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story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus' remark 
of letting the person who is without sin cast the first 
stone. The Association not only did not cast stones but 
helped minister to people who were suffering from this 
terrible disease. 

On returning from South Africa in the spring of 
1996, Leland Kerr stated in The Beacon: 

Excited! Inspired! Grateful! Challenged! Amazed! 
Overwhelmed! Confident! — these are just a few words that 
describe my thoughts and experiences on the trip to South 
Africa. Glenn Walker and 1 had a wonderful experience that 
we will be sharing with our churches as we begin to enlist 
teams to participate in this Jive-year partnership. 
I was excited to meet so many wonderful people in the 
churches around Cape Town. I was inspired by their joyful 
worship and desire to reach the lost. I was grateful to see 
how effective our SBC missionaries have been in starting 
churches and ministering to the people of South Africa. I 
was challenged to make sure our Association is thoroughly 
involved in this partnership. I was amazed at the contrast 
between the magnificent beauty of the Cape Town area and 
the living conditions of some of the 'squatters' who live in 
such abject poverty. I was overwhelmed by so many oppor- 
tunities to assist them in this partnership. I am confident 
that many of our Baptists in this Association will accept 
the challenge to be involved in this partnership. 

In the mid 1990's mission trips have been made to 
several areas of the world with emphasis on Rochester, 
New York, and South Africa. These mission trips along 
with trips to places such as Jamaica and Haiti have been 
promoted directly by the Association. The churches of 
the Association have also sponsored mission trips to 
many areas overseas. No attempt will be made to men- 
tion these trips by the churches. The author does not 
know of all the mission trips sponsored by the churches 
and hopefully some of these trips will be mentioned in 
the church histories appearing later in the book. 



Many programs promoted by the Church and 
Community Ministries area have not been included in 
this history. They have promoted so many activities 
that it is impossible to discuss all of their programs. 
One interesting emphasis in 1996 was the effort to 
get people in the church to quit watching so much 
television. The National Turn Off TV Week was April 
24-30, 1996. The Beacon explained: "The average 
American watches more than four hours of TV per 
day. At that rate, by age 65, that person will have 
spent nine years of his life watching TV. By the time 
a child graduates from high school, he has spent more 
time in front of the TV than he has spent time in 
school." The article continued by asking, "Will you 
join other Americans in taking a one-week recess 
from TV and spend that time for more family interac- 
tion, reading, exercising, and other healthy, construc- 
tive activities?" 

Bonnie Doughtie in the June/July 1996 Beacon dis- 
cussed why people come to our churches. A study had 
showed that relationships with neighbors, co-workers, 
friends, and family are what attracts people to church 
today. The following are some statistics on why people 
come to church. This study says something that 
Christians should remember as we look at attendance in 
our churches: attended a revival service — 5/10 of 1%, 
visited there — 1%, I had a special need — 2%, I just 
walked in — 3%, I liked the program — 3%, I liked the 
Sunday School — 5%, I liked the pastor — 6%, a friend or 
relative invited me — 79%. This shows that uninvited 
people tend not to come to our churches. 

Rev. Kerr wrote again from Rochester in the August 
1996 Beacon. Some of the remarks were similar to those 
made in a previous year, but some showed a different 
observation as it related to the people on the trip from the 
Association. He talked of watching adults who had never 
been on such a trip moved to tears and talk about coming 
back, watching the team replace a fear of the unknown 
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hearing commitments to be different in their own church- 
es and a desire to lead others to be on mission. 
Rev. Kerr on a personal level stated: 

It has been my joy to be on this trip with my three sons and 
my daughter-in-law. They are always a tremendous help 
to me and a tremendous inspiration. During the Youth 
Crusade our group led at Newark Baptist Church, my 
youngest son, Joel surrendered his life to a call tojull-time 
ministry. I Jeel unworthily blessed and overwhelmed at 
how God is moving in my sons' lives — all three of my sons 
have surrendered to a call to be ministers. What an awe- 
some God we have. 

As the Rochester summer mission trip was com- 
pleted in 1996, Leland Kerr and Glenn Walker were 
already discussing in The Beacon the first mission trip to 
Cape Town which was October 17-31, 1996. Emphasis 
was given for the need for construction workers and the 
emphasis on evangelism. 

Bonnie Doughtie shared some insights into the 
Rochester trip in 1996. She explained that 220 people 
from twenty-six churches had been in Rochester over a 
three week period and that a new addition to the min- 
istry had been a children's camp for the children of the 
churches of the Greater Rochester Baptist Association. 

As part of Charles Reed's report in The Beacon in 
1996, he shared the numbers on the 1995-1996 funds 
provided by the Duke Power Foundation's "Share the 
Warmth" program and the "Community Challenge 
Heating Fund" as they were received in CCM and 
administered to 296 families in need of assistance in 
Cleveland County. The total received from Duke Power 
was $27,905.49. 

In the September 1 996 Beacon Leland Kerr gave rea- 
sons "Why the churches should support the Association 
and what the churches can do to more effectively sup- 
port the Association." The list was lengthy and deserves 
to be studied by the people in the churches who form 
the Association. 



It occurred to the author of this history that many 
members of the churches probably never attend a meet- 
ing of the Baptist State Convention or Southern Baptist 
Convention. However, more church members do attend 
associational meetings, serve on the committees of the 
Association, and participate in many ways with functions 
promoted by the Association. Many people would have 
no practical way of going to Rochester, South Africa, or 
on other mission trips without the local church and the 
Association. Our world has been brought together by 
shortening the time of travel and ease of communication 
since the Kings Mountain Association was formed in 
1851. The airplane, computer, e-mail, and many other 
inventions have literally made it easier to travel to and 
communicate with people in lands once considered 
impossible for most Christians to visit and minister to 
people in various ways. A person could probably fly from 
Charlotte to New York today in less time than it took to 
travel by horse and buggy from churches in the northern 
part of Cleveland County to churches in the southern 
part of Cleveland County. 

Much of the emphasis at the associational level in 
early 1997 was directed toward preparation for the 
World Mission Conference on May 18-21. 

The Beacon of February /March 1997 included Leland 
Kerr's tribute to Rev. Randy Kilby, who had died unex- 
pectedly. Part of the tribute were these words: 

Randy was a big man with a big voice and a big heart. 
His spirit and personality drew you in. His sense of humor 
kept you laughing — his sense of seriousness about the 
'good news' brought conviction. While at Gardner-Webb 
University, Randy spoke in many of the churches in this 
Association. As president of Fruitland Baptist Bible 
Institute, he continued to touch our Association through 
those from our churches who are there preparing for min- 
istry. He will be missed at Fruitland — a place where he, 
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be missed by North Carolina Baptists. He will be missed 
in our Association and our churches. 

Randy Kilby was a big man with a big voice and a big 
heart. One of the first mental pictures the author has of 
Randy is going to Fruitland to visit him several summers 
ago. My wife and I found Randy and his young son play- 
ing in the middle of the living room of the president's 
home. Toys were scattered everywhere, and the love that 
Randy had for his son was evident. Randy married later 
in life than many people and had only one son. 

Randy was a big man and often when giving one of his 
humorous talks he would start by saying, "There are 
speakers who get paid with money and some get a 
meal — now you can look at me and tell that I get paid 
with food." Randy worked at a funeral home before 
attending Gardner-Webb as a student and in the summer 
while attending Gardner- Webb. He told the story of 
being in the home of a deceased man in a mountain town 
(Randy was from the mountains). Randy was working 
with the funeral home, so when he left the home of the 
deceased about 9:00 p.m., he told the people who were 
sitting up all night with the deceased that he would 
return the next morning. When he returned, he noticed 
the body of the deceased had been touched or perhaps 
moved in some way. The tie wasn't straight, a shirt but- 
ton was missing, etc. Randy said he asked the people 
who sat up all night about this and received the response 
that about 3:00 a.m. the family decided that they need- 
ed a group picture including the deceased. So you 
guessed it, they got the deceased out of the casket and 
held him up for a family picture. (Randy always told this 
as a true story) . 

One autumn he told the Gardner- Webb faculty that he 
and his wife hadn't saved enough money to go on vaca- 
tion that summer. So, according to Randy, he got in his 
car, turned on the engine and air- conditioner, and his 
wife walked up and down the driveway carrying pictures 
of Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and other sites in the 



United States. Randy once asked the author if he knew 
the difference between a new, well-trained secretary and 
an old-fashioned secretary. His answer was that you 
knew she was an old-fashioned secretary if there was 
white out all over the computer screen. He could prob- 
ably have made a living as a Christian humorist. One 
summer he had speaking engagements and was very suc- 
cessful. However, his Christian faith and commitment 
led him to serve God at Gardner-Webb where he head- 
ed the student recruitment department for several years, 
and eventually at Fruitland where he served as president 
for a short period of time preceding his death. Fruitland 
is honoring him in various ways, including the naming of 
a new library for Randy Kilby. 

The World Missions Conference previously men- 
tioned involved thirty-two missionaries speaking in thir- 
ty-two of the churches of the Association. There were 
twelve foreign missionaries, twelve home missionaries, 
and eight state missionaries assigned to the Association. 
They came from as far away as California and Africa and 
as close as Morganton, North Carolina. In the April /May 
1997 Beacon, Leland Kerr thanked Charles Reed for his 
efforts in planning the World Missions Conference. Rev. 
Kerr stated in referring to Charles Reed: "He has had the 
major responsibilities in coordinating the event. I appre- 
ciate his willing, servant spirit in this effort. He has 
worked with our Steering Committee to help our 
churches get prepared." 

After the World Missions Conference, Leland Kerr 
stated in part: "I was reminded that we were seeing mis- 
sions at its best, with all entities of our missions efforts 
sitting together — beginning with the local church and 
then moving out to the Association, the State 
Convention, Home Missions, and Foreign Missions." 

As has been mentioned earlier, the Association had 
decided to emphasize programs designed to develop the 
Christian young people in our churches. In 1997, sever- 
al programs and activities were sponsored involving 
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Many youth and ministers of music took their time to 
rehearse and share in the musical. Faithe Beam directed 
the musical, which was hosted by Elizabeth and 
Westview churches. The Youth Committee also planned 
a Back-to-School and See You at the Poles event for 
September 6 . That event was called Fun Addicts and was 
held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. 

The year 1 997 ended the official five year partnership 
with the Greater Rochester New York area. During the 
partnership, over 800 people from the Association par- 
ticipated. In the July /August 1997 Beacon, Leland Kerr 
reported the following: 

We have held backyard Bible clubs, Vacation Bible School, 
a youth crusade, presented Jive youth musicals, built an 
associational office, renovated and painted church build- 
ings, built an outdoor pavilion for a church, led worship 
services, gone door-to-door witnessing, gathered surveys, 
worked in senior adult homes, led puppet programs, con- 
ducted Sunday School / Outreach training and much, 
much more. 

At the meeting of the Association in 1997, several sig- 
nificant constitutional changes were presented and 
approved. Previously there had been one Association 
meeting each year, but the Constitution was changed to 
establish biannual meetings of the Association. The meet- 
ings will be held on the Monday following the fourth 
Sunday in April and Monday and Tuesday following the 
fourth Sunday in October. As part of the same 
Constitutional Amendments the provision for the 
Executive Board was deleted. The Executive Committee 
of the Association was retained and still is a significant 
body in Associational planning. 

At that same meeting there was a recommendation that 
the Association adopt "Articles of Incorporation" in order 
to proceed with the Incorporation procedure. These 
"Articles of Incorporation" for the Association were 
approved by the messengers. 



In recent years the churches and the Association have 
more seriously considered the role and needs of singles 
in the churches. In the October/November 1997 
Beacon, Bonnie Doughtie discussed an event for singles 
planned by the Singles Committee of the Association on 
November 1 5 at First Baptist, Shelby. The event was 
called the Singles Challenge — STARS (Singles Taking 
Active Roles Spiritually). Included in the program for 
the evening were conferences entitled, "Recovering 
from Hurts and Losses," "Finances," "Legal Concerns," 
"Stress Management," "Divorce /Remarriage," "Getting 
in Touch with God," and "Loneliness." 

In early 1 998 emphasis was being given to the mission 
work in South Africa. Bonnie Doughtie led a team of 
ladies as she had the previous year, and Rev. Glenn 
Walker, the Associational South Africa partnership coor- 
dinator, led eighteen participants to Cape Town in 
February. At about the same time a new partnership 
began with the Greater Cleveland Baptist Association in 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

An interesting article in the February /March 1998 
Beacon by Roger Nix discussed Baptist Connectionalism. 
Nix discussed four factors that acted as unifying forces in 
the early history of Baptists that caused the churches to 
"come together" into associations. The four factors were: 
fellowship, communication between the churches, evan- 
gelism, and ministerial discipline. He also asserted that as 
associations developed, the focus moved to missions, edu- 
cation, and religious liberty and other matters. Nix 
claimed that "Associationalism has created what might be 
termed a 'community kind' of denominational conscious- 
ness for Baptists where the State Convention and National 
Convention provide more of a program connectionalism." 

He continued by using a definition of Lloyd Corder 
that "an Association is a fellowship of churches on mission 
in their setting." This definition affirmed several impor- 
tant facts of associationalism. One is the fact of voluntary 
cooperation. Each church, Nix assented, chooses to 
what degree it will contribute and participate. A second 



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affirmation is the conviction that individual church min- 
istry and collective missions are grounded in the nature 
of God's mission for the church instead of the expedien- 
cy of denominational programs. 

It appeared to the author of this history that the conti- 
nuity of the local church is provided by lay people. The 
tenures of pastors and staff in the life of a church are rel- 
atively short. A significant role of the laity is to support 
the professional staff with finances and in other ways. 

An example of laity support for pastors occurred 
in the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1998 
where a movement called Kingdom Express or 
Pastor Appreciation developed in the Shelby area. 
Concerned laymen from some of the Shelby group of 
churches began to meet and pray for their pastors 
and their churches. They invited the Association's 
Brotherhood to be part of this effort. On Saturday, 
April 4, an Appreciation Rally was held at First 
Baptist Church, Shelby, for these pastors. 

As explained earlier, the Executive Board of the 
Association ceased to exist as a result of the vote of the 
Association at the 1997 meeting. As part of the same 
motion the Association voted to have biannual meetings. 
The first biannual session was well attended on April 27, 
1 998, with forty-four churches represented and 1 74 peo- 
ple registered. Rev. Kerr reported in the May /June 1998 
beacon that some very significant items of business were 
approved that the Association would engage in. These 
items included ( 1 ) the start of a new church in Eastern 
Cleveland County; (2) the fact that pastors and church 
members from the Western Province Baptist Association 
in Cape Town, South Africa, would be in the Association 
in October to preach revivals; (3) the churches would be 
asked to contribute $20,000 to assist Christopher Road 
Hispanic Baptist Mission to build a building; (4) received 
Bonnie Doughtie's resignation as Church Development 
Director as she feels called to work with the Western 
Province Baptist Association in Cape Town, South Africa; 
(5) approved a recommendation that the Association pro- 



vide up to $500 a month for two years for housing for 
Bonnie in South Africa. The messengers also approved a 
recommendation that our churches be encouraged to 
contribute a minimum of $20,000 a year for two years 
toward Bonnie's financial support. 

The Church and Community Ministries Department 
of the Association has promoted regularly the toy store at 
Christmas and many, many other activities throughout 
the year. One rather unique activity was the effort to 
help those moving from welfare to work. In The Beacon, 
Charles Reed, director of CCM, thanked the folks who 
made a special effort to get work clothes donated to the 
clothing room prior to the Work-First Orientation which 
took place April 17-May 1 in the downstairs conference 
room. 

Director Reed reported that there were seventeen 
clients who took this helpful training to get a hand-up on 
the transition from welfare to the work place. He also 
reported there were seven who indicated they wanted to 
continue on as a support group and to have Bible study. 
We should be pleased that many people have moved from 
welfare to work. The Association has played a role in eas- 
ing the transition not only through providing clothing but 
by conducting Work- Fir st Life Skills classes. 

Director Reed showed a sense of humor while experi- 
encing some health problems in 1 998 . He wrote in The 
Beacon, "I am grateful for your prayers and concern 
expressed in many ways while I was away on medical leave. 
The doctors have diagnosed a sleep disorder that I have, 
and they are treating it with a machine that helps me 
breathe while sleeping. The only problem now is that I'm 
dreaming once again, and I have to wear my glasses to see 
my dreams. God bless you all and I look forward to see- 
ing you at C.P.R. and serving with you in the days ahead." 

In 1998 Bonnie Doughtie was promoting C.P.R. and at 
the same time preparing to go to South Africa. She wrote 
in The Beacon: 



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I wrote this article with mixed emotions. As of September 
4, I will conclude my ministry with Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. For over Jour years, you have allowed 
me to partner with you in ministry. I am grateful for the 
opportunity to serve the Lord where He is working in 
Cleveland County and throughout the world. You afforded 
me the opportunity to be challenged and to expand my 
vision of missions. 

Following this quote she explained her travel plans and 
asked for prayer. 

As Christmas approached in 1 998 and Baptists across the 
convention were beginning to think of the Lottie Moon 
Christmas Offering, Leland Kerr stated in The Beacon: 

We as Southern Baptists have a longstanding tradition of 
focusing on International Missions during the Christmas 
Season. We are blessed in KMBA to partner with Gardner- 
Webb University to provide a Missionary -In-Residence 
ministry in our area. Our current missionaries, Sonny and 
Deen Sweatman,Jrom South Africa, spoke recently at our 
Ministers' Conference. They reminded us that of the world 
population of 5.9 billion, 1 . 7 billion people have little or 
no access to the Gospel. In a 24-hour period, 76, 000 of 
these unreached people will die. They challenged us to 
take seriously our commission to take the gospel to the 
'uttermost parts.' I encourage you to give sacrificially to 
support the work of International Missions. 
The Sweatmans also reminded us that each church should 
have a comprehensive missions strategy that is global, but 
beginning here — in our own Jerusalem! I am pleased 
that our Association is working to make 1 999 the 'Year of 
Evangelism! A major event to serve as a kick-off for this 
emphasis will be 'Simultaneous Prayer Rallies' held in our 
six groups of churches. 

May the celebrations you and I enjoy this Christmas 
Season compel us to tell others the 'old, old story! 

In the January /February 1999 Beacon, Executive 
Director Kerr spoke of 1999 being "The Year of 
Evangelism." He drew from an article in "The Promise 



Keepers" that used material from George Barna's book, 
The Second Coming of the Church. In the article Barna 
asked, "What kind of Christian body do we have in 
America?" Some of the revelations were: 

• Only 1% of our adult population has made a person- 
al commitment to Jesus Christ... and accepts that God 
described in the Bible is the only true God. 

• The people who believe Christianity is losing its influ- 
ence in our society outnumber those who say it is gain- 
ing influence by more than a three-to-one margin. 

• A majority of the individuals who made a first-time 
decision for Christ in the past two years were no longer 
connected to a Christian church within eight weeks of 
their decision — primarily because churches have sep- 
arated evangelism from discipleship, resulting in us 
spiritually abandoning people who express an interest 
in becoming devoted believers. 

• Although more than four out of five churches claim 
that evangelism is one of their primary reasons for 
existence, during the past eighteen years there has been 
no statistically significant increase in the proportion 
of adults who are born-again, even though churches 
have spent more than $500 billion on domestic min- 
istry during that period. 

Barna closes the article with these words: "For a 
moral and spiritual revolution to begin, your life 
must be the first to change." 

While some of these statistics are debatable, they do 
speak of trends that should concern the churches and 
Christian people. The old criticism that with our con- 
verts, "we dunk them and forget them," may have con- 
siderable validity. People who grow up in the Sunday 
School and make professions of faith are not usually lost 
to the church. But converts not previously part of the 
church programs are often lost. 

Charles Reed participated in the South Africa 
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Johannesburg February 4-16, 1999. In commenting 
about this trip, he stated: 

/ was so impressed to see how the churches were giving peo- 
ple a hand-up instead of a hand-out. Several churches in 
villages outside the large cities help people buy chicken wire 
and fashion cages for about six or seven chickens. The chick- 
ens made a commitment to lay eggs for a year to feed the 
people and then at the end of the year they make the ulti- 
mate sacrifice. The churches buy chicken feed in bulk and 
help their folks afford the food for this project. This is a 
means of outreach to the community, and to their own mem- 
bers. Also, they share Christ and minister to those in need. 

On July 14, 2000, the author met with Charles Reed 
for a discussion of the role of Director of CCM. We dis- 
cussed the fact that people are saved through faith by the 
grace of God, but that Matthew 25 says that on the day of 
judgment those will be rewarded who have fed the hun- 
gry, visited the sick, and ministered to those in prison. 

Director Reed had recently experienced a heart attack 
and felt he had seen God's grace as people reached out to 
him. Likewise, he felt that people who are ministered to 
by the churches and the Association experience God's 
grace and often good can come out of the experience. 
He felt "this can be a model of grace until the Lord 
returns." Director Reed feels that the ministries of the 
churches and Association can be called ministry evangel- 
ism. He believes that we should be able to see the Lord 
in the faces of those we help. "Inasmuch as ye did it unto 
one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it 
unto me" (Matthew 25:40b). 

Mother Teresa, he felt, was a good example of min- 
istering to the needs of people. Rev. Reed pointed out 
that we should be "doers" of the word and not "hearers" 
only. We should, he believes, take the scripture and 
promote ministry. 

It has been said that some 20% of church members do 
approximately 80% of the giving of money to the 
church. Mr. Reed feels that some 20% of members do 



80% of the ministering. He believes that many church 
members who sit quietly in the pew have never been 
effectively asked to participate in the ministry of the 
church. People need help, Mr. Reed believes, in discov- 
ering available resources for ministry. CCM Director 
Reed explained that churches are exempt from taxation 
because they are churches but not especially because they 
provide social ministries. 

He feels that because of some recent welfare reform 
by the government there are more opportunities for the 
churches and Association to help meet not only social 
needs but spiritual needs as well. He feels what we have 
called "welfare" is and should be a cooperative effort 
with neither the church nor the government doing it all. 
Therefore, each should have an understanding of what 
the other is doing. 

Many times the parish nurse will give advice, help with 
transportation, and give hope to people. 

One of the many programs being administered by the 
Association that is well known to church members is the 
Christmas Toy Store. If you have ever worked at the toy 
store, you realize that this ministry is not primarily about 
toys. It is about making children happy as they receive gifts 
that parents cannot afford. It is about ministering to fam- 
ilies with various types of problems, including divorce, 
poverty, physical problems, and spiritual problems. 

Each family representative who obtains toys for the 
children receives a Bible and one-on-one counseling from 
people in our churches. Director Reed assures that these 
families experience grace and are treated with dignity. 
Many of these people come without hope and are on the 
last step of the ladder. 

The Association often assesses the financial needs of a 
family and cooperates with the Duke Foundation, the 
Dover Foundation, Civic Clubs, and other agencies in 
assisting people and helping get them in a position to 
help themselves. 

Other ministries provided or promoted by the 
Association include the prison and jail ministry, minister- 



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ing to the visually and hearing impaired, the CCM sum- 
mer missions which include the migrant ministry, the 
program to train ministers to work with Emergency 
Management, the Red Cross, and other groups in dealing 
with grief and other problems when a tragedy has 
occurred. At times the person representing the 
Association serves as a spokesman to the press. Other 
programs include the Chemical Dependency Workshop, 
and the Metrolina Food Bank which enables needy fami- 
lies to obtain meat, dairy products, and grocery items 
from two local Food Lion stores. These items are picked 
up by volunteers and delivered to the Association. 
Another significant ministry comes about each 
autumn. Since 1990 the Cleveland County Fair Board 
has asked the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
CCM director to serve as a volunteer chaplain to be 
on call for ministry needs, assist with the opening 
ceremonies, and assist with the traditional prayer 
breakfast held the first Wednesday of the fair for the 
workers and those who travel with the carnival. 

On November 15, 2000, the author interviewed 
Teresa Davis, the assistant for Church and Community 
Ministries for the Association. Mrs. Davis has held this 
position since November 1, 1994. Because I had earlier 
discussed the philosophy of CCM with Charles Reed, the 
director of CCM, the discussion with Mrs. Davis turned 
more to the day-to-day operation of the ministry. 

Mrs. Davis refers to CCM as an outreach arm of the 
Association. She explained that God led her to this posi- 
tion from the banking business. From her, I obtained 
additional insights into the programs of this multi-faceted 
ministry of the Association. 

Mrs. Davis explained that on a day-to-day basis she does 
most of the case work, including spiritual counseling. In 
addition to the staff of CCM, there are seventeen women 
who work at the reception desk, and some twelve to six- 
teen others who work in the clothing room and pantry. 
She pointed out that the Toy Store and Back-to- School pro- 
grams are the two largest programs based on the number 



of recipients who benefit directly. Approximately $4,000 
of the money of the Association goes to the Back-to-School 
project. She also explained the Friday Lunch Program at 
First Baptist Church, Shelby, which is designed to feed 
people with financial need. 

Mrs. Davis pointed out that paying for power is another 
major problem for many people served by the Association 
and churches. A sobering statistic obtained from Mrs. 
Davis is that approximately 75% of people who come to 
CCM are not actively affiliated with any church. Mrs. 
Davis reports that some of these people state that they have 
been hurt or shunned by religious organizations. 

Some churches, she explained, lack the facilities to 
carry on a large ministry to meet the physical needs 
of people. Therefore, the churches refer people to 
the Association for assistance. 

Four months spacing is a general rule required before 
a recipient can get additional aid from the Association. 
Mrs. Davis explained that she always encourages recipi- 
ents to work, if possible. She believes that some people 
become poor because they are living above their means. 
Mrs. Davis attempts to educate people so that they can 
do better at helping themselves. 

The author of this book continues to be amazed at the 
number of programs and the number of people served at 
the level of the Association and the cooperation of the 
churches in making these programs possible. To better 
understand the scope of activities administered by CCM, 
one should study the yearly reports in the Book of 
Reports and minutes of the Association. 

While talking to Mrs. Davis, I asked about some suc- 
cess story pertaining to a person who had received assis- 
tance from the Association. She told of a lady that once 
lived in the area who had been helped by the 
Association. The lady now lives in another state but 
keeps in touch with Mrs. Davis. Some time ago she 
wrote this beautiful little poem and sent it to Mrs. Davis 
at the Association office. 



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TO MY FATHER 

Sometimes in our everyday life 
We get so carried away 
With all the little things we do 
That we forget to say 

Thank you for the life I have 
Thank you for your love 
Thank you for all the 
wonderful things 
You showered from above. 

Thank you for a word so pure 
A Son so spotless, so clean 
Whose ways and paths and conduct 
Surpasses all we've ever seen. 

Thank you for your provisions 
Of goodness and love so true 
Because when I have no one else 
I know I will always have you. 

The activities of the Association have been at home and 
abroad. South Mountain Baptist Camp has affected for 
good the lives of many people. In the April 1 999 Beacon, 
Leland Kerr stated that over 6,000 individuals had made 
their profession of faith in Jesus Christ at the South 
Mountain Camp. In 1 997 Al Tinnin became the new 
director of the camp. 

In 1999 the term Parish Nurse was being used in the 
Association. The first parish nurse was hired when the 
churches in the Kings Mountain area formed a partner- 
ship through the Kings Mountain Hospital, Kings 
Mountain Ministerial Alliance, and Cleveland County 
Health Department. This is a movement that while 
rather new seems to have considerable potential for 
churches and the Association to have a greater role in 
helping the people of the churches and community bet- 
ter relate to the health needs of the people. 



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In 1999 and 2000 many programs and activities 
continue to be promoted by the Association. The 
Association Missions Fair held in the gym at First 
Baptist Church, Shelby, was well attended. Leland 
Kerr stated, "It was a vivid display of how churches 
in the Association and the community work togeth- 
er. We will do it again." 

The April/May 1999 Beacon included a request from 
Leland Kerr for churches to get their church histories to 
the Association to be used in the book you are now read- 
ing. At the time I am writing this, all the histories are not 
turned in to the Associational office. Hopefully they will 
come in and will be included in the book. 

Several lists of people appearing in Association publi- 
cations could have been included in this history. 
However, the children and youth of our churches will 
soon be the leaders in the churches and Association. 
Following are the Associational Children /Youth Bible 
Drill participants at the Associational Bible Drill on 
Sunday, April 9, 2000. 

The Association continued to urge each of the church-' 
es in 1 999 to make it possible for at least one person from 
each church to participate in a missions project partner- 
ship in 2000. The churches continued to make a positive 
response to the challenge. 

On July 19, 2000, the author spent a pleasant morn- 
ing discussing missions with Rev. Glenn Walker. The 
question was posed to Rev. Walker on the reasons why at 
the Association level and church level there was more 
involvement in "far away" missions in such places as South 
Africa, Brazil, Poland, Ukraine, Kenya, Togo, as well as in 
the United States at Cleveland, Ohio and other parts of 
the country. 

Rev. Walker stated that there is more awareness that 
volunteers can make a difference in missions. At one time 
overseas mission work was not open to volunteers on a 
short-term basis. 

He explained that Dub Jackson from Texas got the ear 
of the International Mission Board on the significant role 



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2000 Bible Drill & Youth Speaker Tournament 




Fifteen churches and 


nearly 


eighty children and youth participated in the KMBA Bible Drill/ Youth Speaker Tournament 


held at Flint Hill Bo 


ptist Church on April 9, 2000. A special thanks goes to our associational director Creola Pearson of 


Elizabeth and Caroly 


n Gordon of New Hope. If you wi 


mid like more information about how to start a Bible Drill or Speaker 


Tournament at jour c 


:hurch, 


please call Joe Collins at 


the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 


office 


Beaver Dam 




Elizabeth 


Polkville 


Zoar 


Kristy Beaver 




Hadley Heath 


Abby Allen 


Lyndsay Carroll 


Bailey Hamrick 




Jonathan Jordan 


Michael Carpenter 


Lance White 


Becky Humphries 




Spencer Jordan 


Leah Crow 




Bo Joseph 




Amber Lanham 


Megan Crow 


Second Baptist* 


Tammy Joseph 




Sean Lamham 


Lauren Gosnell 


Caitlin Gold 


Anna Maddox 




Tomas Pierce 


Tyler Grant 


Megan Harrill 


Heather Owen 




Kelly Rogers 


Debbie Helton 




Shannon Owen 




Courtney Smiley 


Michelle Helton 


* Green River Baptist 






Joshua Trivett 


Ethan Martin 


Association 


Boiling Springs 




Zackary Trivett 


Jessie Morrison 




Elizabeth Anderson 






Melissa Morrison 




Catie Daves 




Flint Hill 


Maggie Pruett 


YOUTH BIBLE 


Jamie Heffelfinger 




Cameron Houser 


Casey Richard 


DRILL 


Kristen Heffelfinger 




Deanna Ledbetter 


Corey Smith 




Adam McFarland 
Jessica Mclntyre 




Kaitlyn Smith 


Jennifer Wilkie 
Stephanie Wilkie 


David 


William Sain 




New Bethal 

Dixon Hord 


Maggie Wright 


Megan Wright 


David 






Poplar Springs 


Flint Hill 


Krista Anderson 




New Hope 

Becky Austell 
Todd Blanton 


Joseph Callahan 


Courtney Jones 


Chelsea Chapman 
Amber Collins 




Matthew McSwain 
Dusty Quattlebaum 


Second Baptist* 


Martha Griffin 




Alan Chandler 




Jessica Piercy 


Ashley Lockhart 




Katie Thackeron 


Sandy Plains 


Jason Toney 


Krystal Proctor 






Caralei Champion 








Patterson Springs 


YOUTH SPEAKERS 


Double Springs 




Joshua Blanton 


Westview 


TOURNAMENT 


Paul Rhyme 






Kelsey Phipps 


I 


Emily Toms 






Katie Raines 


Elizabeth 








Dustin Reeves 


Andy Linberger ; i 



that volunteers could play in International Missions. The 
Home Mission Board had used some volunteers for many 
years. "People," he felt "want to have hands-on experi- 
ence." Rev. Walker believes that those who become 



home in their church and community — often in a more 
direct way. In addition to giving of money and praying, 
people want to invest in other people's lives. 



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At the end of 1995, while Rev. Walker was serving as 
a pastor, the Association entered into a partnership with 
South Africa. He and others in the Association previ- 
ously promoted missions in Brazil in 1988. In 1997 
Hands on Missions was formed by Glenn Walker, Jim 
Brackett, and others. Hands on Missions has worked very 
closely with the Association and to some extent grew 
out of the Association's support of International 
Missions. Rev. Walker was very complimentary of 
Leland Kerr and his commitment and support of mis- 
sions including overseas missions. 

Rev. Walker explained that the first team went to South 
Africa in 1 996. Gaines and Dorothy Washburn and others 
were involved in what he called constructive evangelism. 
There was preaching at night, and this confirmed the need 
to do missions full time. Other teams have gone to South 
Africa, and Bonnie Doughtie in 2000 was the coordinator 
for teams that come to Cape Town. 

Associated with Rev. Glenn Walker in Hands on 
Missions are several others including Rev. Jim Brackett, 
who earlier helped in local ministry, including a mission 
on Buffalo Street in Shelby. 

In South Africa the first Bible School for missionary 
children was held in the summer of 2000. This Bible 
School included Bible study, crafts, and other activi- 
ties. The missionary parents were pleased that their 
children could take advantage of this opportunity. 

Rev. Walker told of another Vacation Bible School in 
Cape Town for South Africans which was a sharp contrast 
to the one for M.K.'s. At this Bible School some two 
hundred and fifty showed up the first day, and eventually 
some five hundred attended. They assisted the church in 
feeding the children who, according to Rev. Walker, 
"cleaned out their plates." As a result of this Bible School 
many children accepted Christ. The work in South Africa 
now is funded in the budget of the Association. 

Other mission trips to various parts of the world will be 
described later in this book. The mission activities involve 
numerous people, and the people who go are blessed as 



are the people being ministered to. The Association and its 
leaders should be proud (in a Christian way) of the con- 
cern that our people have toward carrying the Gospel of 
Christ to the entire world. 

Previously there has been discussion of activities at the 
Association office to help move people from welfare to 
work. Charles Reed in the August /September x 99 
Beacon called upon women in the churches who were 
interested in being trained as a mentor to help a woman 
make this transition to call him at the Association office. 

A new service introduced in The Beacon in 1999 and 
promoted by the Association was Care Solutions, "a serv- 
ice designed to help people access and coordinate care 
for older and disabled adults and /or their caregivers." 

Many of us remember Hurricane Floyd whose devas- 
tating rains flooded Eastern North Carolina in the fall of 
1999. Many people from the churches participated in 
the enormous clean-up and repair following the rains. 
When Governor Hunt called out the National Guard, 
Baptist Men were already there. Some forty-seven 
deaths in North Carolina resulted from the flooding.' 
Parts of 1-40 and 1-95 in Eastern North Carolina were 
closed for a period of time as nineteen inches of rain fell 
in Wilmington and several hundred people were with- 
out power. At least 30,000 homes were damaged. 
Grifton, a town of 2500 residents, was one of the towns 
severely damaged and is one of the towns that people 
from some of our churches are still visiting and helping 
in the enormous process of restoration. 

The Association was vitally involved in this relief effort. 
In late 1999 the CCM office had sent $24,788.70 to North 
Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief donated by churches 
and individuals. 

Through the years a number of churches and individ- 
uals in the churches of the Association have received 
recognition at the Baptist State Convention and /or in The 
Biblical Recorder. No attempt has been made to mention 
each of these recognitions in this book. However, in a 
book dealing with the history of the Association and the 



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churches of the Association it should be reported that 
Mrs. Theresa Lowe and her church were recognized in 
1 999 at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 
Her book entitled Cornerstone of Faith, A History of Double 
Shoals Baptist Church received first place in the state in the 
category of church histories. The recognition included 
the statement, "Excellence in preserving Baptist history." 

The book was a history of Double Shoals 1899- 
1999. Pastors of this church include well-known peo- 
ple in the history of the Association including J.W. 
Suttle, CO. Greene, Russell Fitts, Dr. Fred McGehee, 
and Oliver Price. 

Mrs. Lowe is a member of the History Committee of 
the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

Messengers from the churches met on Monday, 
December 1 3 , and voted to call Joe Collins as the 
Association's Church Development Director. He had 
previously served as Minister of Education of Elizabeth 
Baptist Church, Shelby for thirteen and one half years. 

In the January /February 2000 Beacon Leland Kerr 
stated in part: 

We are happy to have Joe Collins join our staff as our 
Church Development Director. He brings valuable experi- 
ence as a minister of education to this position. He is able 
to assist jour church in multiple ways. Charles, Joe and I 
are meeting weekly to build a team relationship to more 
effectually serve the Association. 

Joe Collins, in an article in The Beacon, shared the 
effect that reading an article on the "Christian Ghetto" 
had on his Christian conscience. The author had defined 
a ghetto as a place where people of the same culture were 
grouped together exclusively. The author had stated that 
churches promote a Christian ghetto without ever know- 
ing it. Cultural phenomena like the "language of Zion," 
hymnology, church architecture, worship style, and sys- 
tems of leadership often consolidate us while alienating 
those who are outside the church walls. Joe Collins con- 
tinued by saying, "The fact is, our church culture is, at 
best, suspicious to those who are unfamiliar with it." He 



listed several things that churches can do to deal with this 
situation: (1) learn to distinguish between culture barri- 
ers and the essentials of the Gospel; (2) spend more time 
learning about the culture of target groups God has given 
us; (3) remove as many culture barriers as possible for 
unreached target groups; and (4) pray that God will help 
us give up some things that are dear to us so that others 
might live. 

On July 19, 2000, the author interviewed Joe 
Collins, the relatively new Church Development 
Director. He had moved into that position in 
December of 1999. He reviewed his overall role as 
Bonnie Doughtie had previously done a few days 
before going to South Africa for two years. His role 
included helping the churches develop programs in 
missions and evangelism and working with WMU, 
Brotherhood, Sunday School, Discipleship Training, 
and Music. He explained that he focuses on church- 
es that are plateauing or declining. 

Joe Collins stated that it was much easier to assist a 
church if he had some personal inroad into that church. 
He tries to allay any fears that churches, particularly 
small churches, may feel concerning the Association. He 
always recognizes the autonomy of the local church. Mr. 
Collins stated, "You can't push yourself on folks." He felt 
that Christianity has experienced a great lay movement 
and that the laity are performing in the churches many 
things once done by professionals. 

Mr. Collins pointed out that the new primary 
motive or emphasis on stewardship involves not only 
money but time. The author of this history was 
reminded of hearing Dr. P.L. Elliott, when he was pres- 
ident of Gardner-Webb, say that it may be easier and 
involve less sacrifice to put $100.00 or $1,000.00 in 
the collection plate than it is to lead a group of R.A. 
boys. Joe Collins believes that churches are not aggres- 
sively going out to reach low income people. "This," he 
believes, "has happened to all denominations." 



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He also believes that some of the churches who 
use different forms of worship and take a more par- 
ticipatory approach have an appeal to some worship- 
pers. After interviewing Joe Collins, I felt that he 
believed that the Gospel message has not changed 
but the use of different methods to present or 
approach the Gospel may in some churches be chal- 
lenging and helpful to some worshippers. 

In the March /April 2000 Beacon, Leland Kerr drew 
from Stephen Marchia's book, Becoming a Healthy Church, 
ten characteristics of a healthy church: (1 ) God's empow- 
ering presence, (2) God-exalting worship, (3) spiritual 
disciplines, (4) learning and growing in community, (5) a 
commitment to loving and caring relationships, (6) ser- 
vant-leadership development, (7) an outward focus, (8) 
wise administration and accountability, (9) networking 



with the Body of Christ, and (10) stewardship and gen- 
erosity. 

The Association continues to emphasize missions and 
social ministries. In Matthew 25:34-36 Jesus in dis- 
cussing His return states: 

Then shall the king say unto them on the right hand, 
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was 
an hungered and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye 
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: 
naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I 
was in prison, and ye came unto me. 

Since Martin Luther and the sixteenth century, 
Protestants have emphasized that we are saved by faith 
through the grace of God. However, we believe as the book 
of James teaches, "Even so faith without works is dead, 
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Observations 




purpose of the churches and the 
Association in promoting the Kingdom of 
God on earth has not changed during our 
150 year history. However, in the earlier periods of the 
history of the Association, the emphasis was primarily on 
direct ministry and witnessing to the people in a much 
smaller geographical area — primarily the areas surround- 
ing the churches and therefore the areas served directly by 
the Association. 

To be sure, we promoted state, home, and foreign 
mission offerings, and members of our churches vol- 
unteered to serve as missionaries in many parts of 
the world. However, in an earlier period there were 
not as many opportunities for Christian service in 
many parts of the world on a short-term basis as has 
been true in recent times. In the past ten or fifteen 
years, there have been opportunities through the 
churches and the Association to serve in Cleveland, 
Ohio; Rochester, New York; South Africa; Poland; 
the Ukraine; and many other areas of the world. 

For many years, because of slower means of travel and 
many other factors, we had more direct contact and con- 
cern with the people in our "Jerusalem and Judea." In 
recent years we have been more involved in what might 
be called our "Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the 
earth." Our people have gone teaching, preaching, testi- 
fying, building churches, and doing what God has led 
them to do. Those who have gone could testify that the 
promise of God being with them has been fulfilled. 
Glenn Walker and others have said that those who go and 
minister in various parts of the world often come home 
and are more active in ministry in their local churches. 

As the geographical area of the churches that com- 
prise the Kings Mountain Association has become 
smaller, the vision for serving directly throughout the 



world has expanded. This expanded vision and effort 
are evident at our Association meetings. In an earlier 
period, visitors to the Association meetings more often 
included representatives of the various Baptist agencies 
in North Carolina, representatives from the Biblical 
Recorder, and representatives from our Baptist colleges. 
In recent years visitors have included representatives 
from South Africa; Duncansville, Pennsylvania; 
Rochester, New York; and places not traditionally rep- 
resented at our Association meetings. 

Another fascinating story is the story of Bonnie 
Doughtie, who came from Boiling Springs Baptist Church 
to become the first Church Development Director for the 
Association. As a result of her visits to South Africa, she 
felt called to ministry in that country. She has spent two 
years in South Africa and in November 2000 was appoint- 
ed as a permanent missionary to that country. 

Programs and activities in the churches have changed 
and expanded. This, too, has affected the Association 
meetings. As the churches have developed programs for 
families, we have developed Life Enrichment Centers or 
Family Life Centers. These are now often used for dining 
areas to serve the meals at Association meetings. 

Many readers will remember, and some still practice, 
dinner on the grounds for various church functions. For 
many years, the meals at Association meetings were 
served "on the grounds." When lunch or dinner time 
came, delicious home -cooked food was placed on tables 
placed end to end and sometimes row after row. Today 
catering of food sometimes occurs in the churches, and 
in recent years there has been some catering of food for 
the Association meetings. 

While our mission as churches and Association has not 
changed, the way we worship has changed somewhat. 
Joe Collins, Church Development Director, commented 



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at the 2000 fall Association meeting that we are a diverse 
group of churches that make up the Association. He 
pointed out that in some churches we reach our hands 
toward God as we worship. In other churches the wor- 
shippers sit more quietly as they show reverence to God. 
It is to be expected that all churches in an association of 
churches would not worship using the same external 
forms. This may illustrate that we are true Baptists. 

We probably have changed, to some extent, the type 
of music we sing in our churches and at Association meet- 
ings. We still sing the old hymns of the faith. However, I 
get the impression that at Association meetings we may 
not sing or hear, "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand," 
"The Old Rugged Cross," and "Amazing Grace" with 
quite the frequency they were once sung. In reading the 
Minutes of the Association and Dr. Wyan Washburn's 
Canaan in Carolina, A Biography of J. W. Suttle, it became evi- 
dent that "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand" was Rev. 
Suttle 's favorite hymn. This hymn was sung at Association 
meetings a number of times during his forty years as 
moderator of the Association. 

At more recent meetings of 
the Association, seemingly more 
of the special music is devotion- 
al in nature and deals with 
themes such as reverence and 
awe of a Mighty God. The music 
of the past and /or the present 
can lead us to worship, and that 
is the important thing. There is 
no one type of music that is best 
and would be considered best 
for us all. I was struck by the 
statement of a friend several 
years ago who said that we 
probably get as much of our 
theology from the words of the 



music we sing as we do from the sermons we hear and 
from other forms of worship. 

One other observation is that in an earlier period of 
the history of the Association there were many reports at 
the Association meetings dealing with the social ills of the 
period. These reports dealt with gambling, misuse of 
alcohol, prostitution, and other social problems or sins of 
the period. We still have social problems being referred 
to at Association meetings. However, it is an impression 
that more time is spent today dealing with the family, 
Christian values, and Christian living than on the negative 
aspects of our society. None of these observations is 
designed to be judgmental but simply to point out trends 
as one person sees them. 

I have heard sermons when the preacher seemed to 
have trouble finding appropriate closing remarks. 
Likewise, I have read books in which the author seemed 
to have difficulty in finding a good way to end. As I write 
this, it is near the Christmas season, so I will close with 
the words of Tiny Tim in Dickens Christmas Carol when 
he said, "May God bless us everyone." 




Fun Addicts - Associational Youth Ministry Event held at 
Cleveland County Fairgrounds. September 6, 1997. 



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Events sponsored by KMBA 




Toy Store Volunteer 
Frances Johnson 




I [ Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association 

Missions Fair 

April 13,1999. 

Dot Bridges top left. 



~< — Fun Addicts 

AssociationYouth Ministry 

Event. September 6, 1 997 

Held at the Cleveland 

County Fairgrounds. 





Senior Adult Choir Festival, Westview Church 

Choir: Boiling Springs Baptist Church 

Senior Adult Choir. 



Kings Mountain Baptist Association Summer Workers: 
left to right: Crystal Lawhon, Emily Brown, andjonya Walker. 



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OFFICERS AND STAFF 2000-2001 

Moderator Rev. Glenn Walker, P.O. Box 249, Shelby 

Vice-Moderator Dr. Marvin Gobble, 1740 S. Lafayette St., Shelby 

Clerk-Treasurer Ms. Pat Jones, 167 Pleasant Ridge Church Rd., Shelby 

Assistant Clerk-Treasurer Mrs. Sandra Keeter, 430 Country Club Court, Shelby 

Executive Director Rev. Leland Kerr, 1175 Wyke Road, Shelby 

Church Development Director Mr. Joe Collins, 1010 Castlewood Dr., Shelby 

Director, Church & Community Ministries Rev. Charles Reed, 1202 Hardin Drive, Shelby 

Administrative Assistant Mrs. Margaret Lipscomb, 323 Circleview Dr., Shelby 

Financial Secretary Mrs. Judy Franks, 1210 Spring Dr., Shelby 

CCM Assistant Mrs. Teresa Davis, 522 Oakgrove-Cloverhill Ch.Rd., Lawndale 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2000-2001 

Rev. Glenn Walker, Moderator, CHAIRMAN P.O. Box 249, Shelby 28151 

Dr. Marvin Gobble, Vice-Moderator 1740 S. Lafayette St., Shelby 28152 

Ms. Pat Jones, Clerk-Treasurer 167 Pleasant Ridge Church Rd., Shelby 28152 

Rev. Leland Kerr, Executive Director 1175 Wyke Road, Shelby 28150 

Rev. Charles Reed, Director of CCM 1202 Hardin Drive, Shelby 28150 

Mr. Joe Collins Church Development Director 1010 Castlewood Dr., Shelby 28150 

Rev. David Blanton, Sunday School Director 1017 Bethlehem Rd., Kings Mtn. 28086 

Rev. Eddie Brackett, Discipleship Training Supporter 1130 Double Springs Rd., Shelby 28150 

Mr. Barry Coker, Men's Ministries Coordinator 2110 Fernwood Dr., Shelby 28152 

Ms. Crystal Lawhon, WMU Director P.O. Box 337, Fallston 28042 

Mrs. Doreen Wacaster, Music Ministsry P.O. Box 153, Boiling Springs 28017 

Rev. Tim Lowry, Pres.Ministers Conf 1222 Long Branch Rd., Grover 28073 

Rev. Tim Lowry, Chmn. Nominating Com 1222 Long Branch Rd., Grover 28073 

Dr. Randy Bridges, Chmn.Committee on Com 525 W. Zion Ch.Rd., Shelby 28150 

Rev. Dave Gordon, Chmn. Membership Com Box 116, Earl 28038 

Rev. Paul Williams, Chmn. Finance Com P.O. Box 126, Lawndale 28090 

Rev. Mickey Heyward, Chmn. Evangelism 420 Christopher Rd., Shelby 28152 

Rev. Eric Davis, Chmn. Christian Life Com 318 Old Mill Rd., Shelby 28150 

Rev. Keith Dixon, Chmn. Personnel Com P.O. Box 1218, Boiling Springs 28017 

Dr. Tony Fulbright, Chmn. Pastoral Minis.Com P.O. Box 237, Grover 28073 

Rev. Jeff Johnson, Youth Ministry Com P.O. Box 786, Kings Mtn. 28086 

Mr. Clayton King, Chmn. Student Ministry Com 926 Thore Rd., Shelby 28152 

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES 

Dr. Randy Bridges, CHAIRMAN, (Zion) Polkville Group 

Mrs. Marie Beam (Grover First) Grover Group 

Mrs. Jackie Washburn (Second) Kings Mtn. Group 

Ms. Hazel Thrift (Mt. Sinai) Lattimore Group 

Mrs. Lib Dedmon (New Bethel) Polkville Group 

Mrs. Myles Whitaker (West View) Shelby Group 

Mrs. Richard Stroup (Elizabeth) Waco Group 



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Kings Mountain Baptist Association Historical Table 1851 - 2000 



DATE MEETING PLACE 


ANNUAL SERMON 


MODERATOR 


CLERK 


1851 Double Springs 


D. Pannell 


T. Dixon 


John R. Logan 


1852 New Bethel 


J. Suttle 


T. Dixon 


John R. Logan 


1853 Boiling Springs 


G.W. Rollins 


D. Pannell 


John R. Logan 


1854 Mt. Sinai 


D. Pannell 


D. Pannell 


John R. Logan 


1855 Zion 


G.W. Rollins 


D. Pannell 


John R. Logan 


1856 New Prospect 


T. Dixon 


T. Dixon 


John R. Logan 


1857 Big Springs 


G.W. Rollins 


G.W. Rollins 


John R. Logan 


1858 Olivet 


J. Suttle 


G.W. Rollins 


J.W. Green 


1859 Pleasant Hill 


G.W. Rollins 


LM. Berry 




1860 High Shoals 


LM. Berry 


L.M. Berry 


John R. Logan 


1861 Lincolnton 


R.P. Logan 


L.M. Berry 


John R. Logan 


1862 New Bethel 


LM. Berry 


G.W. Rollins 


John R. Logan 


1863 Sandy Run 


G.W. Rollins 


G.W. Rollins 


John R. Logan 


1864 Bethel, Iredell Co. 


LM. Berry 


R.P. Logan 


John R. Logan 


1865 Zoar 


G.W. Rollins 


R.P. Logan 


John R. Logan 


1866 Concord 


PR. Elam 


R. Poston 


John R. Logan 


1867 Thesalonia 


J.H. Yarboro 


J.H. Yarboro 


G.M. Webb 


1868 Mt. Paran 


G.M. Webb 


J.H. Yarboro 


G.M. Webb 


1869 Double Springs 


G.W. Rollins 


G.W. Rollins 


G.M. Webb 


1870 High Shoals 


R.P. Logan 


G.W. Rollins 


G.M. Webb 


1871 Bethel, Iredell Co. 


G.M. Webb 


T. Dixon 


G.M. Webb 


1872 Bethlehem 


Wade Hill 


T. Dixon 


G.M. Webb 


1873 Zion 


G.W. Rollins 


G.W. Rollins 


B.H. Bridges 


1874 Sandy Run 


Wade Hill 


G.W. Rollins 


L.M. Logan 


1875 New Hope 


T. Dixon 


T. Dixon 


L.M. Logan 


1876 Sandy Plains 


G.W. Rollins 


T. Dixon 


LM. Logan 


1877 Pleasant Hill 


J.W. Yarboro 


G.W. Rollins 


B.H. Bridges 


1878 Boiling Springs 


A.C. Irvin 


T. Dixon 


B.H. Bridges 


1879 New Prospect 


H. Hatcher 


A.L. Stough 


L.M. Logan 


1880 Double Springs 


P.R. Elam 


T. Dixon 


L.M. Logan 


1881 Buffalo 


W.A. Nelson 


T. Dixon 


L.M. Logan 


1882 Bethel, Iredell Co. 


A.L. Stough 


J.Y. Hamrick 


L.M. Logan 


1883 Pleasant Grove 


G.P. Hamrick 


J.Y. Hamrick 


L.M. Logan 


1884 Big Springs 


A.C. Irvin 


H.F. Schenck 


L.M. Logan 


1885 Grover 


B.W. Busey 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1886 Beaver Dam 


G.M. Webb 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1887 New Bethel 


J.D. Hufham 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1888 High Shoals 


J.M. McHanaway 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1889 Elizabeth 


G.P. Hamrick 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1890 Zion 


J.N. Speight 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1891 Waco 


F.C. Hickson 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1892 Gastonia 


G.P. Hamrick 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1893 Boiling Springs 


J.L Sproles 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1894 Shelby 


A.C. Irvin 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1895 Bethlehem 


J.D. Hufham 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1896 Lattimore 


G.P. Hamrick 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1897 New Hope 


A.C. Irvin 


E.Y. Webb 


D.S. Lovelace 


1898 Sandy Plains 


T. Dixon 


E.Y. Webb 


D.S. Lovelace 


1899 New Prospect 


G.M. Webb 


E.Y. Webb 


D.S. Lovelace 


1900 Double Springs 


R.L Hamrick 


E.Y. Webb 


D.S. Lovelace 


1901 Cherryville 


T. Dixon 


E.Y. Webb 


D.S. Lovelace 



DATE MEETING PLACE 


ANNUAL SERMON 


V10DERAT0R 


CLERK 


1902 Pleasant Grove 


R.N. Hawkins 


H.F. Schenck 


D.S. Lovelace 


1903 Pleasant Hill 


R.F. Treadway 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1904 Zoar 


D.F. Putnam 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1905 Kings Mountain 


J.S. Farmer 


IC. Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1906 Beaver Dam 


A.H. Sims 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1907 Bessemer City 


M.E. Parish 


IC. Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1908 New Bethel 


D.G. Washburn 


IC. Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1909 Boiling Springs 


J.J. Beach 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1910 Grover 


C.A. Jenkins 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1911 Elizabeth 


J.M. Hamrick 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1912 Mt.Zion 


Wade Bostic 


\L Irvin 


D.S. Lovelace 


1913 Zion 


L.W. Swope 


.W Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1914 Poplar Springs 


J.R. Miller 


.W Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1915 New Hope 


T.C. Holland 


.W Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1916 Waco 


W.E. Lowe 


.W. Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1917 Fallston 


D.G. Washburn 


.W. Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1918 Union 


D.F. Putnam 


.W Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1919 Sandy Plains 


W.R. Beach 


.W. Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1920 Ross Grove 


J.M. Kester 


.W. Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1921 Bethlehem 


W.G. Camp 


.W. Suttle 


J.J. Lattimore 


1922 Casar 


W.A. Elam 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1923 Lattimore 


J.R. Green 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1924 Double Springs 


R.L. Lemmons 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1925 Shelby First 


Rush Padgett 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1926 Kings Mtn. First 


G.P. Abernathy 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1927 Double Shoals 


Zeno Wall 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1928 Beaver Dam 


J.L. Jenkins 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1929 Boiling Springs 


C.J. Black 


.W. Suttle 


G.G. Page 


1 930 Patterson Springs 


Wallace Hartsell 


.W. Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1931 Zion 


LL Jessup 


.W. Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1932 New Bethel 


D.F. Putnam 


.W. Suttle 


J.V. DeV ; nney 


1933 Patterson Grove 


T.J. Justice 


.W. Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1934 New Prospect 


Zeno Wall 


.W. Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1935 Poplar Springs 


A.G. Sargeant 


.W Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1936 Pleasant Grove 


W.G. Camp 


.W Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1937 Bethlehem 


C.V. Martin 


.W Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1938 Sandy Plains 


J.L. Jenkins 


.W Suttle 


J.V. DeVinney 


1939 Pleasant Hill 


W.A. Hoffman 


.W Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1940 Carpenter's Grove 


W.A. Elam 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1941 Elizabeth 


A.M. Kiser 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1942 New Hope 


W.P. Biggerstaff 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1943 Shelby First& 








Double Springs 


D.F. Putnam 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1944 Boiling Springs & 








Flint Hill 


W.A. Ayers 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1945 Fallston & Waco 


Zeno Wall 


.W. Suttle 


J.W. Costner 


1946 UnionS 








Patterson Grove 


C.C. Crow 


.W. Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 


1947 Ross Grove & 








New Bethel 


WW Harris 


.W Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 



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1948 Casar, Dover & 








DATE 


MEETING PLACE 


ANNUAL SERMON 


MODERATOR 


CLERK 


Shelby Second 


D. Boyd Cannon 


J.W Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 


1974 


Kings Mtn. First & 








1949 Beaver Dam 










Kings Mtn. Second 


Russell Fitts 


Roland Leath 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Calvary & Dover 


Jesse Blalock 


J.W. Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 


1975 


Grover & New Hope 


Fred Mauney 


Carlos Young 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1950 Double Springs, 








1976 


Elizabeth 


Max Linnens 


Carlos Young 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Gardner-Webb College 








1977 


Polkville 


C.A. Kirby, Jr. 


William McDaniel 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Double Shoals & 








1978 


Pleasant Ridge & 








Grover 


J.N. Barnett 


J.W. Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 




Shelby First 


Gene Watterson 


William McDaniel 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1951 Pleasant Hill, Poplar Springs, 






1979 


Eastside (Shelby) 


Charles McMillian 


Daniel H. Jolly 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Temple & Kings Mtn. 


J.R. Cantrell 


J.W. Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 


1980 


Patterson Grove 


Earl Redding 


Daniel H. Jolly 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1952 Lattimore, Bethany & 








1981 


Bethel 


Wilson Padgett 


Marion Adams 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Norman's Grove 


Homer 0. Baker 


J.W. Suttle 


Lawrence Roberts 


1982 


New Hope & 








1953 Calvary, New Buffalo & 








Bethlehem 


CO. Greene 


Marion Adams 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Shelby First 


Harlan Harris 


C.C. Crow 


Lawrence Roberts 


1983 


Beaver Dam & 








1954 KM Second, Lawndale & 








Mt. Sinai 


Clyde Chapman 


Alton Martin 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Oak Grove 


Burley S. Turner 


C.C. Crow 


Lawrence Roberts 


1984 


Elizabeth SWaco 


Joel Jenkins 


Broadus Heatherly 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1955 Zion, Pleasant Ridge 








1985 


Polkville SUnion 


Richard Plyler 


Broadus Heatherly 


Joseph Cabaniss 


& New Prospect 


John E. Lawrence 


CO. Greene 


Lawrence Roberts 


1986 


Kings Mtn. First & 








1956 Sandy Plains, 










Macedonia 


J.A. West 


Wade Dellinger 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Polkville & 








1987 


Eastside (Shelby) 


William Poe 


Billy Cooper 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Eastside (Shelby) 


Oscar Funderburke 


CO. Greene 


Lawrence Roberts 


1988 


Pleasant Hill I 








1957 Gardner-Webb College 










Patterson Springs 


James Lambert 


Jeff Brendle 


Joseph Cabaniss 


& Boiling Springs 


Harold House 


E.B. Hicks 


Lawrence Roberts 


1989 


Double Springs 








1958 Elizabeths 










Pleasant Ridge 


Fred Lunsford 


Jeff Brendle 


Jimmy Greene 


Shelby Second 


T.W. Estes 


Oscar Funderburke 


Lawrence Roberts 


1990 


Pleasant Grove 








1959 Fallston & 










& Elizabeth 


Roland Leath 


Joseph Cabaniss 


Jimmy Greene 


New Bethel 


Roger Smith 


Oscar Funderburke 


Lawrence Roberts 


1991 


Zion & Polkville 


Dan Wallace 


Joseph Cabaniss 




1960 Pleasant Ridge 


J.E. Lawrence 


Oscar Funderburke 


Lawrence Roberts 


F.Garver/R.Bingham 








1961 Zoar 


J.A. Bracy 


Horace Easom 


Lawrence Roberts 


1992 


Oak Grove 








1962 Kings Mtn. First 


B.L Kincaid 


E.M. Smith 


Lawrence Roberts 




& Kings Mtn. First 


Leland Kerr 


Russell Fitts 


Recca Bingham 


1963 New Hope 


Leonard Thomas 


E.M. Smith 


Leroy Sisk 


1993 


Westview 








1964 Waco 


D.A.B. Wood 


James Holder 


Leroy Sisk 




& Putnam Memorial 


Sam James 


Russell Fitts 


Recca Bingham 


1965 Lawndale & Zion 


Coy Dellinger 


James Holder 


Judy Blanton 


1994 


Grover 








1966 Double Springs 


Joseph T. McClain 


James Holder 


Billy G. Washburn 




& Patterson Springs 


Roy Cooper 


Jim Bracket! 


Recca Bingham 


1967 Shelby First 


Norman Brown 


C.A. Kirby, Jr. 


Hugh Borders 


1995 


Flint Hill & 








1968 DavidS 










Sandy Plains 


John Sloan 


Jim Brackett 


Recca Bingham 


Patterson Grove 


James Stamey 


C.A. Kirby, Jr. 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1996 


Ross Grove & 








1969 Bethlehem & 










Elizabeth 


Chris White 


Mary Lou Causby 


Recca Bingham 


Patterson Springs 


W.J. Yeomen 


James Stamey 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1997 


Fallston & 








1970 Elizabeth 


Cline Borders 


James Stamey 


Joseph Cabaniss 




Polkville 


Lewis Myers 


Mary Lou Causby 


Recca Bingham 


1971 Casar & New Bethel 


Mac Evington 


Russell Fitts 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1998 


David I 








1972 Poplar Springs & 










Macedonia 


Steve Scoggins 


Keith Dixon 


Recca Bingham 


Boiling Springs 


Jospeh Sanders 


Russell Fitts 


Joseph Cabaniss 


1999 


Zoar & 








1973 Shelby First 


Richard Plyler 


Roland Leath 


Joseph Cabaniss 


2000 


Bethel 

New Hope & 
Patterson Springs 


Nelson Searcy 
Chris Schofield 


Keith Dixon 
Glenn Walker 


Recca Bingham 
Recca Bingham 



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KINGS MOUNTAIN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED 1851 



1816 Zion 

1822 Camps Creek 

1837 Zoar 

1842 Waco 

1842 Bethlehem 

1 844 Double Springs 

1 847 Boiling Springs 

1847 Shelby, First 

1848 Mt. Sinai 

1848 New Bethel 

1850 Beaver Dam 

1851 Pleasant Hill 

1 854 New Prospect 

1854 Sandy Plains 

1874 New Hope 

1 878 Pleasant Grove 

1880 Grover, First 

1881 Ross Grove 

1883 Elizabeth 

1 884 Patterson Grove 

1885 Union 

1887 Carpenter's Grove 

1890 Kings Mtn., First 

1891 Lattimore 

1894 Casar 

1895 Patterson Springs 

1897 Oak Grove 



898 Poplar Springs 

899 Double Shoals 

899 Lawndale 

902 Buffalo 

902 Fallston 

929 Wallace Grove 

908 Shelby, Second 

909 Flint Hill 

910 Norman's Grove 

912 Trinity 

915 Kings Mtn., Second 

915 Pleasant Ridge 

920 Macedonia 

921 Eastside, Shelby 

924 Dover 

929 Mulls Memorial 

935 Calvary 

938 David 

938 Oak View 

940 Bethel 

940 Polkville 

943 New Buffalo 

943 New Camp Creek 

945 Community 

946 Allen Memorial 

945 Temple 

947 Bethany 



1947 Plains View 

1948 Victory 

1949 Midview 

1 949 Putnam Memorial 

1 950 Westwood Heights 

1950 Westover 

1951 Eastside, K.Mtn. 

1953 Faith 

1954 Peach Street 

1955 Elliott Memorial 

1955 Lily Memorial 

1958 Kings Mountain 

1961 Westview 

1 964 Emmanuel 

1 975 Immanuel 

1 975 Northside, Shelby 

1 977 Christian Freedom 

1978 Pathway 

1 98 1 New Jerusalem 

1984 Christopher Road 

1990 Peoples 

1 992 Bethany First Hispanic 

1 99 3 Crestview 

1 994 Christ Covenant 

1 995 N.Lafayette Street 

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BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Permission has been granted for the use of all the sources listed in the bibliography. 

Beacon, The Kings Mountain Baptist Association Newspaper 

Bridges, Wade W. From the Wilderness to the Hilltop: A History of Sandy Run Baptist 
Church. Gastonia, NC E.P. Press, Inc. 1973 (Permission by Pastor Tim Hendrick) 

Davis, J.B. "Missionary Movement of County's Churches Checked by the Civil War." 
The Shelby Daily Star: August 1940. 

Hobbs, Herschel H. The People Called Baptist and the Baptist Faith and Message. 

Shawnee, Oklahoma: Oklahoma Baptist University Press, 1981. 

Huggins, M.A. History of North Carolina Baptists. Cary, North Carolina: The General Board 
of the Baptist State Convention, 1727-1937. 

Jolley, Lansford. Dreaming, Daring, Doing: The Story of Gardner- Webb University: 

Gardner- Webb University Press, 1957. 

Jolley, Mrs. M.A. Our Dream for Tomorrow: A History of Boiling Springs Baptist Church. 

1847-1962. 

The Kings Mountain Baptist Association Minutes. Shelby, North Carolina: Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. 

Logan, John R. Sketches, Historical and Biographical, of the Broad River and Kings 
Mountain Associations from 1800-1882. Shelby, North Carolina: Babington, Roberts & 
Company. (Permission by Broad River Association). 

Padgett, C.C. et. al. The History of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association from November 
7, 1851 to November 7, 1951. Shelby, North Carolina: Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

Pascal, George Washington. History of North Carolina Baptists Volume I and Volume II. 

Cary, North Carolina: The General Board of the Baptist State Convention. 

Veddar, Henry. A Short History of the Baptists. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The American 
Baptist Association. (Judson Press, in public domain). 

Washburn, WWyan. Brother John's Canaan in Carolina. Salisbury, NC: Rowan Printing 
Company. 1958. 



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The Churches of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association 




The History Committee of the Association appreciates the gathering of this material by 
the Churches of the Association. 



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Allen Memorial 
Baptist Church 










fim Lowry, Pastor 











God blessed two men with the vision to start 
prayer meetings in the Long Branch community in May 
of 1946. Those two men were The Reverend Durham 
Hughes and Deacon J.C. Fortenberry, both faithful 
workers in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. In a meeting 
on September 29, 1946, twenty-four persons 
expressed a desire to enter into a church organization. 
The church covenant and confession of faith were read 
into the minutes of the Association and the motion was 
made by Rev. J.W. Suttle that this new organization 
become a missionary Baptist church. Allen Memorial 
Baptist Church was born. 

Before the church was organized, B.F. Allen 
donated land and the interested people in the 
community cleared it in preparation for a building. In 
December of 1947, the first service was held in the 
new plank building;. In 1951, the pastor and other 
leaders instituted "The Lord's Acre" program. 
Proceeds from the sale of crops on one acre of land 
were donated and the "In Gathering" Harvest festival 
was held on October 17, 1952. Other building 
programs produced a parsonage and a fellowship hall 
in the 1960's and early 1980's respectively. 

Sunday School work began in October 1 946 with 
four classes. The enrollment was thirty-four and the 
first Sunday School offering was $4.28. Baptist 
Training began in 1 948 with an enrollment of eighty- 
one and was led by brother Wray Barrett of Pleasant 
Hill Baptist Church. By 1947, the Sunday School 



enrollment reached ninety-seven and peaked in the 
early 1970s at 148. The average attendance in Sunday 
School throughout the church's history is eighty 
(estimated). Good work in Bible teaching and training 
fill the pages of the minutes from church business 
meetings. Reverend Tim R. Lowry is now the 
seventeenth pastor of Allen Memorial Church. He 
came to lead the church in March 1999. The church 
has a great spirit of fellowship and love. New 
ministries are beginning in order to show the Love of 
Christ to the community and homeless. With a new 
vision and a restatement of purpose in place, Allen 
Memorial Baptist Church is prepared to proclaim the 
gospel in the 2 1 st century. 



Beaver Dam 
Baptist Church 




Beaver Dam Baptist Church has made many changes 
and has seen much progress in its long history. Early 
sources report that beavers had built a dam on a nearby 
creek, hence the name of the creek, the church, and later 
the community. The church was organized December 23, 
1850, near a spring just west of the present buildings, with 
forty-three charter members. Constituting members 
came from Sandy Run, Boiling Springs, Mt. Sinai, and 
Zion. Rev. R. P. Logan was the first pastor. 

The first building was a log structure. In 1 868, the 
church's second building was erected near the first. 
During this same year, land was purchased for a burying 
ground, which is now the present cemetery. In 1883, 



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the third house of worship was erected on the site of the 
parking lot between the cemetery and Beaver Dam 
Church Road. Renovations and additions were 
completed in 1936 and 1947. In 1954, a pastorium was 
constructed on U. S. 74. ,In 1958, a fellowship building 
was added, and in 1984, a new sanctuary was built. An 
educational building was added in 1986. 

A Sunday School was organized in 1879, and a 
BYPU andWMU both were organized in 1921. The 
Brotherhood was organized in 1949. The church has 
always been mission-minded, contributing to Gardner- 
Webb and local churches, as well as the Cooperative 
Program and convention mission offerings. In recent 
years, the church has sponsored church construction in 
Russia and members have gone on annual mission trips 
to areas in the United States. 

Beaver Dam joined the Broad River Baptist 
Association but later became a charter member of the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

Some persons who have left our fellowship to 
serve in other places include the following: Rev. 
Fletcher McGinnis, long-time pastor and school 
teacher; Dr. Nolan Howington, retired employee of 
the SBC Church Training Union; Dr. Willard Hamrick, 
retired professor of Religion at Wake Forest 
University; Mrs. Jean McSwain Cabaniss, missionary 
work in Japan and the Middle East; Rev. Randy 
Hawkins, present pastor of Colony Baptist, New Bern; 
and Rev. Rick Hamrick, Minister ofYouth at Polkville 
Baptist Church. 

The words of Pastor Oscar Funderburke are as 
true today as when he wrote them in the 1972 
church directory: 

The founding fathers of Beaver Dam Baptist 
Church and their forebearers not only sowed the right 
kind of seed, but they well knew that a house built on 
sand would fall. So they dug deep and laid the 
foundation on the "bed-rock of God's eternal truth." 

The future of this church is as bright as the promises 
of God. Under God's guidance, let us go forward. 



Ministerial staff members include: Ken Pruitt, 
pastor; Ladell Shields, minister of music /education; 
and Brandon McKoy, minister of youth. 



Bethany First 

Hispanic Baptist 

Church 




Jose A. Espinal, 
Pastor 




In 1992, with some Hispanic families from 
Charlotte, a group began praying for the start of a new 
Hispanic Mission Church. A survey was conducted in 
Cleveland County. Four months after, the group 
presented this documentation to the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association, Rev. Sam Snyder, Interim Director 
of Missions, called Rev. Jose Espinal and encouraged him 
in the new work. Rev. Snyder requested that Rev. 
Espinal contact him if he felt the Lord calling him to the 
ministry and to let him know when he was ready to 
begin. Rev. Espinal stated the group was ready and 
desired the support of the Association. They also wanted 
to be connected with another church in the area. 

Rev. Mickey Heyward, pastor of Christopher 
Road Baptist Church, came forward to help the new 
church. However, the Mission did not grow as they 
had hoped. 

They made another start with the help of 
Christopher Road Baptist Church and the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association and the work has 
prospered. After looking for land to build or for a 
house that could be converted into a church building, 
the congregation found some property on Caleb Road. 
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needs. They now have a small building, pay their bills, 
and give some financial support to their pastor, 
Association and Baptist State Convention. 

They do not have many members — about 
twenty-eight — but they have a lot of people who 
come, sing, and pray together. 

Their address is 207 Caleb Road, Shelby, NC 
28150. The pastor is Rev. Jose A. Espinal. 



Bethel Baptist Church 




Bethany 
Baptist 
Church 




Douglas Ramsey, 
Pastor 



On July 8, 
1947, a newly 
formed group of nineteen people became a regular 
constituted Baptist Church with the name of Bethany 
Baptist Church. During our 50 + year history 
numerous pastors have faithfully served the church and 
the community. They are as follows: Rev. Paul 
Dobbins, Rev. Kenneth Hollifield, Rev. Wayne Haynes, 
Rev. Arnold Bell, Rev. Herman Thomas, Rev. Earle V. 
Smith, Rev. Sylvester Elliott, Rev. James Sanders, Rev. 
Scott Carpenter, Rev. Tim Lowry, Rev. Neal Efird, and 
Rev. Doug Ramsey. 

Major events over the years: 
1951 — Construction on church building 
December 19, 1965 — original church note burned 

August 26, 1984 church note was burned (a 1 5 

year debt paid off in 7 1/2 years) 
June 1997 — 50th year celebration held 




Bethel Baptist Church was organized on 
September 21 , 1940, with 183 charter members. Rev. 
C.C. Matheny was the first pastor and served until 
November 1942. Rev. J. A. Brock was called in 1942 
and served as pastor until June 1949. On July 1 , 1949, 
Rev. D.W. Digh became pastor. During the ministry of 
both of these pastors, new Sunday School rooms were 
constructed and our auditorium enlarged. Dr. Ernest 
Arnold was called as pastor on March 17, 1948. 
During his ministry Bethel maintained a bus ministry 
and children's services. Land where our present 
auditorium stands was purchased during his ministry. 
Under Dr. Arnold's ministry, Bethel gave in excess of 
24% of tithes and offerings to missions. 

Rev. Bruce Clampitt was called as pastor in April 
1973. During his ministry, our present gymnasium 
was constructed. Rev. Clampitt remained as pastor 
for two years. 

Dr. J.M. Ezell was called in June 1 975 . During his 
ministry, the construction of twenty-six new Sunday 
School rooms were added to the gymnasium. On June 
4, 1978, ground was broken for construction of our 
present auditorium. The present facility was completed 
in December 1979. Dr. Ezell remained pastor until 
January 1985. 

Rev. Mike Cothran was called as pastor in June 
1985. During his ministry the members of Bethel 
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needs and requests of others. Rev. Cothran entered 
into full-time evangelism in August 1988. 

In November 1989, Rev. Ray Lamb was called as 
pastor of Bethel. His ministry began the first Sunday in 
December 1989. During his ministry Rev. Lamb led 
the church to pay off its debt. Rev. Lamb remained as 
pastor until March 1994. 

Dr. Pat Correll from Houston, Texas, served as 
Bethel's ninth pastor from December 1994 until 
December 2000. The current membership is 1 ,026. 

Rev. Larry Franks serves as minister of music and 
senior adults. Rev. Jay Oliver serves as minister of 
education and youth. 

"Bethel," by its name meaning "House of God," 
is a place where people can worship our Lord and 
where friendships can be established for His honor. 
May we always cherish our great heritage at Bethel. 




David L. Blanton, 
Sir., Pastor 



Bethlehem 
Baptist Church 

Bethlehem Baptist 
Church became an arm of 
Antioch Baptist Church in 1841 . Several Baptists were 
living in the community of Bethlehem, which was 
called White Plains. Being so far from any Baptist 
church, they decided to build a meeting house and 
asked the Baptist Church at Antioch to make them an 
arm so they could receive members and baptize them. 



Bethlehem Baptist Church was organized July 16, 
1 842, with twenty-six charter members. 

On March 8, 1 845, James Alton gave the church 
one and one-half acres to build a church. He gave the 
deed to Jeremiah Blalock for consideration of a credit 
to the church for three dollars. The first church was a 
small log building. 

In 1866, land was deeded to the church for one 
dollar from Dr. Thomas Williams of Shelby, North 
Carolina. In 1 869, P. D. Patterson was given a contract 
for a church building at a cost of three hundred dollars. 
The church building was used until 1929. In 1870, W. 
W Dixon sold four acres of land adjoining the church 
property to the congregation for thirty-five dollars. 
The frame church was dedicated in April 1 871 . 

On Friday, September 20, 1872, the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association met at Bethlehem Baptist 
Church. The meeting was thrown into confusion by the 
appearance of a group of one-hundred-fifty U.S. 
cavalrymen who had been camped on the court square 
at Shelby, North Carolina. The soldiers' disorderly 
conduct caused such excitement that the Association 
dispersed without formal adjournment. 

In June 1910, a baptismal pool, with dressing 
rooms, was built behind what is today Bethlehem 
Estates. The pool remains intact today. 

Rev. W G. Camp was the first full-time pastor in 
the early 1920s. A new brick church was started in 
1928 and completed in the early 1930s. In December 
1951 , the church voted to go to a full-time program. 

Between 1950 and 1960, the Sunday School 
building was added. In 1960, the sanctuary and basement 
were renovated and new pews were purchased. The 
church celebrated its 1 50th Anniversary in July 1992. 

David L. Blanton, Sr., is the present pastor. The 
church has a rich heritage and is actively planning for a 
building to be used to help continue that heritage. In 
June 2000, the church entered a three-year capital 
funding campaign for a new multi-purpose ministry 
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hundred fifty-eight years. We desire to pass a relevant 
Christian church to the next generation. 



Boiling Springs 
Baptist Church 




Boiling Springs Baptist Church, founded in 1847, 
is one of the oldest churches in the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. This church was one of the original 
thirteen churches that in 1851 asked for dismissal from 
the Broad River Association to form the Kings 
Mountain Association. 

The first church building was the Woods Meeting 
House. This building was a twenty by forty foot log cabin 
located near the spring from which the church and town 
received their names. Other church buildings were 
located on or near the college campus until our present 
church building was completed in the fall of 1969. 

The church and university have had a long- 
standing history of cooperation. 

Since the school as a high school came into 
existence in 1907, many students, faculty and 
administration have attended the church. The church is 
not primarily a college church because most of the 
members are citizens of a fast growing town. 

J. L. Jenkins, while serving as pastor of Boiling 
Springs Baptist Church, served as president of what is 
now Gardner- Webb University from 1932 to 1935. 

The church throughout much of its history has 
been blessed with ministers who preached the gospel 
of Jesus Christ with passion. The pastors since 1937 



have been J. L. Jenkins, John Farrar, Max Linnens, 
Buddy Corbin and Carroll Page. During its history of 
one hundred and fifty-four years the church has had 
thirty- three preachers. 

The church in recent years has been actively 
involved in overseas missions. Our pastor, Carroll 
Page, has been involved in missions on the Indian Sub 
Continent. Other members of the church have done 
medical missions and construction work in places 
including Honduras, Rwanda, Togo, and Poland. 

The youth have many opportunities for growth 
through various ministries in the church. These 
opportunities include youth choir, youth prayer 
breakfast, and summer mission activities. 

Senior citizens also have well organized programs 
designed for learning, witnessing, and travel. The 
church has a rather large senior citizen choir. 

The church is blessed with several former 
missionary couples in its membership. 



Buffalo Baptist 




Buffalo Baptist Church was organized in 1902. 
In 1913, Mr. Tom Lattimore, owner and operator of 
the Buffalo Manufacturing Company, gave the land 
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They began in a Brush Arbor and later moved 
into a school house at the end of the present parking 
lot. A room was added to the building in 1922. 
Buffalo Church came into the Association at the 52nd 
annual meeting. 

In the 1920s, services were held on the fourth 
Saturday and Sunday of each month. By 1934, it was 
two Sundays a month. 

It was 1950 before the church had its first full- 
time pastor, the Rev. O. B. Williams. In 1952, the 
wooden building was moved over a little to make way 
for a new brick church which opened in 1953. 

That is the sanctuary the congregation worships 
in today. The congregation enjoys an educational 
building added in 1 960 and a fellowship building added 
in 1994. 

Buffalo Church has been wonderfully blessed 
with having three men go into the ministry. 

During the history of their church, they have had 
three pastors who have stayed ten years. Their present 
pastor, Rev. Max Turner, came in 1989. The current 
membership is approximately 400. 



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Calvary Baptist 
Church 




Calvary Baptist Church was organized on 
November 10, 1935, as a mission of First Baptist 
Church with Dr. Zeno Wall, president of the Baptist 



State Convention, acting as moderator. Sylvanus 
Gardner, the newly elected church clerk, suggested the 
name for the church. The first services were held in 
the Old Graham School building on the corner of Oak 
and Thompson Streets in West Shelby. The Reverend 
H.E. Waldrop served as the first pastor. 

In less than a year after the church was organized, 
Calvary purchased the lot for their first church 
building on October 4, 1936. The first church was 
literally built brick by brick. Sunday, February 23, 
1941, was set aside as brick day. Over 200 bricks 
wrapped in paper with the name of the donator were 
brought to the church. 

Out of devotion to the study of God's Word grew 
a need for an educational building. The ground 
breaking service for the new building was held on 
February 28, 1948. In less than two years of the 
ground breaking service for the educational building, 
Calvary was ready for a new sanctuary. 

The growth continued. On August 18, 1974, 
the building committee of Calvary made the 
recommendation that a 70 x 115 ft. brick building 
be constructed to serve as a fellowship and 
activities building. 

On February 1 , 1981, the land search committee 
made the motion that Calvary purchase ten acres of 
land on Old Boiling Springs Road. The first service in 
the present church was held on Wednesday, March 1 , 
1989. It was indeed a prayer service. Our normal 
attendance of fifty more than doubled with a total of 
104. Everyone crowded into the Fellowship Hall 
because the carpet in the sanctuary was not complete. 
It was a time of recommitment to the study of God's 
word, to the unity of God's people, and to the spread 
of Christ's love and salvation to all men. 

There have been over eighty men who have gone 
out from Calvary Baptist Church into the ministry. 

The current pastor is Rev. Dan Wallace. He has 
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the current minister of youth and Wayne Johnson, Jr. 
is the current minister of music. 



Camps 

Creek 

Baptist 

Church 

Camps Creek 
Baptist Church was 
organized on August 
22, 1822 as an 
outgrowth of the 
Buffalo Baptist 

Church. The first pastor was 
Elder B. Berryman Hick. 
There were thirty-seven 
charter members. In that year 
it was admitted into the Broad 
River Association when it held its annual session with 
Mount Zion Church. In 1894, it joined the Sandy Run 
Association and is presently affiliated with the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association since October 2000. 

There have been four church buildings. The first 
when it was organized, the second in 1 870, the third in 
1914, and the present one in 1959. 

There have been fifty-eight pastors to date, the 
present being Rev. Stephen Durham. He began his 
ministry here in September 1998. 

The Lord has richly blessed the church from its 
founding until the present time, through its inspirational 
worship services, music, and youth ministry, mission 
organizations, Sunday School, Discipleship Training, and 
outreach ministry, all of which have experienced strong 
physical and spiritual growth in recent years. We look 
toward the future with great expectation knowing that 
our God will do all that He has promised. May we be 
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Grove 

Baptist 

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Carpenter's Grove Baptist Church was organized 
from a Brush Arbor meeting conducted by Rev. R.L. 
Lembrick in August 1887. The church was named in 
honor of John Carpenter, Jr. , who donated four acres 
of land. Forty-six charter members were listed in the 
minutes of that meeting. John Carpenter's gift of land, 
J.Z. Falls' gift of lumber, and other donations of 
materials, along with $250.00 in cash, erected the first 
church building in 1 888. 

The church voted on July 28, 1888, to join the 
Kings Mountain Association instead of the South Fork 
Association as proposed by some members. In January 
1889, the second Sabbath in each month and the 
preceding Saturday were adopted as "preaching days" 
for the church. A Sabbath School was organized on 
April 4, 1 891 . It met in the summer months through 
September until 1920 when it went to full-time. The 
Sunday School became a Standard Sunday School in 
1930 and remained so until 1942. 

Renovations were made to the church in 1930 
and 1937. In 1949, the church accepted a gift of land 
for a pastor's home from O.M. Mull and his sister, Mrs. 
Annie Hamrick. The home was completed and 
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In 1955, the church went to full-time service. 
They also voted to build an educational wing and 
install a baptistry in the sanctuary. This work was 
completed in 1 957. The latest addition is a fellowship 
building which was dedicated in March 2000. 

The current pastor is Rev. Jerry Welch. The 
membership is 221. 

Casar 
Baptist 
Church 

It has 
been said, 
"God sends 
no churches 
from the 

skies; out of 
our hearts 
they must 
arise." Prior 
to 1894, God was 
surely working in the 
hearts of a small 
number of people in the 
community of Casar. That work culminated in the first 
church building in 1 896. The frame structure was about 
40 x 60 feet and was located on land given by J. S. 
Richard. Now the members, organized into a church in 
the Joe Parker store building in 1 894, had a building of 
their own. During this same period, additional land was 
purchased fromW. P. Wellman. 

The present structure was constructed in 1934 
during "The Great Depression. "The pews, purchased 
at a later date, so someone said, "cost as much as the 
building. " In 1955, the present fellowship building was 
erected. The pastorium was built in 1958 on land given 
by A. A. Richard. In 1 969, a baptistry was installed. An 
organ was donated in 1970 by Mrs. Alfred Willingham 




whose husband was serving as pastor at the time of his 
death. The congregation added six acres of land to their 
property in 1974. 

Through the years the church has ordained four 
members to the ministry. . .Posey E. Downs on July 13, 
1917;Talmadge G. Downs on May 26, 1946; Kevin D. 
Rutledge on November 1, 1987; and Mark Elmore on 
October 4, 1992. 

The church was accepted into the Kings 
Mountain Association in 1903 and has hosted the 
annual sessions in 1922, 1948, and an evening session 
in 1971. No less than twenty-eight ministers have 
served the congregation in the 1 04 years of its history. 



Christ Covenant 
Church 

On November 15, 
1992, the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association New 
Work Council met for the first time to discuss the 
possibility of starting a new church in the Boiling 
Springs area of Cleveland County. Leland Kerr, the 
Executive Director, explained the need for a work that 
would be different from any other in the area. A 
second meeting was held with thirty-four people from 
nine churches who pledged to do what they could to 
begin the new mission. Five churches pledged to 
contribute people and resources. 

On August 23, 1993, the New Work Council 
contracted with Jim Toole to be the church planter. 
Jim and his wife Debbie were previously church 
planters with the Home Mission Board serving in 
Columbus, Ohio. 

On September 12, 1993, Jim met in the home of 
Gene and Joyce Hasker, who became the first family to 
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home for the weekly Sunday night meetings where 
prayer, discipleship, and strategy took place. 

In December of that year, the North Carolina 
Baptist State Convention made a generous 
contribution, thereby putting their stamp of approval 
on the project. The five local Baptist churches who 
made contributions were Beaver Dam, Boiling Springs, 
Flint Hill, Christopher Road, and Poplar Springs. 

The small band of believers began meeting on the 
campus of Gardner- Webb University in January 1994. 
After two years on campus the congregation had an 
opportunity to move from Boiling Springs to Shelby. 
The Bethel Baptist Church had graciously extended an 
invitation to use their gymnasium each Sunday. 
Sunday, February 25, 1996, marked the first service in 
the gym and the attendance doubled within a year. 

Since September 1997 the church has doubled 
again, approaching 300 in worship; 230 of whom are 
college students. 

At the present time the church has purchased 
land off South DeKalb Street in Shelby. At the present 
time they are meeting at a location on Sam Lattimore 
Road and Highway 1 50 near the Shelby Airport. 



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Christian 

Freedom 

Baptist Church 




Michael Chambers, 
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Christian Freedom Baptist Church was established 
the first weekend in September 1977. The first 
members were Willard and Delora Lovelace, Margie 
Lovelace, H. A. and Ruby Haskin, Larry and Libbie 
Haskin, Kelly Haskin, Ver nice Dudley, Jerry and Donna 
Edmonson and four sons, Barbara and Tammy Lovelace, 
Patricia Haskin, Bill Daves, Annie Mae Daves, Rev. and 
Mrs. Eddie Wright and two sons. Rev. Wright served as 
the first pastor. 

Charles Fite came as second pastor in 1 978 . The 
church was in the block building beside Overcash's on 
Highway 74 bypass. 

Rev. Eddie Grigg was called in 1979. Under his 
leadership, six acres of land was bought and a building 
was constructed on Range Road. Rev. Grigg left after 
about five years to pastor a larger church. 

The church called Rev. Sam Snyder as pastor. 
Church attendance had grown to fifty. After seven 
years, Rev. Snyder was called to the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association to serve as the interim director for 
Church and Community Ministries. Rev. Joe Edwards 
pastored the church for about two years. 

Rev. Michael Chambers serves as the current 
pastor. We have built larger buildings and the 
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Christopher 

Road Baptist 

Church 




Mickey Heyward, 
Pastor 




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The church was established by the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. It was brought to the 
attention of Rev. Cline Borders, Director of Missions, 
that there was a need for another church in Number 
Three Township because of the number of trailer parks 
and housing developments in the area. On October 
15, 1984, an advisory board, made up of members 
from nine churches in the Association, was appointed 
to oversee the new work. The home of Rick and Judv 
Crotts was used for a meeting; place from November 
1984 until Easter of 1985. 

Vernon Martin owned land on Christopher Road, 
where an old one-room store building was located. 
Mr. Martin said if we cleaned it out we could use it for 
services as long as necessary at no charge. The building 
was used until 1985. Remodeling on the building was 
done with materials donated by Ellis Lumber 
Company, labor was done by Rev. Scott Carpenter, and 
volunteers from area churches. The land was bought 
from Vernon Martin January 1986. Rev. Scott 
Carpenter served as pastor until May. Gerard 
Marchese was called as interim June 1985 and as 
pastor January 1986. He graduated from Gardner 
Webb College and resigned June 1986 determined to 
convert his Catholic family and friends to Christianity 



when he got back home to Boston. Membership had 
grown to twenty-six. 

Blueprints were received from the Home Mission 
Board in July. John Ware became supply pastor, and 
served until Dr. Vann Murell (Professor at G WU) was 
called as interim August 1986. Ground breaking was 
held on August 31, 1986. Work on the new building 
had begun. Volunteers were on hand for every phase of 
the work. 

Rev. Mickey Heyward was called as pastor and 
began serving the second Sunday in February 1987. As a 
former building contractor his contribution was 
certainly welcomed and contribute he did, in every way 
possible. The first service was held there on May 10, 
1987. Work on the first building was completed July 
1987. A note burning, dedication, and open house was 
held July 26, 1987. On September 25, 1988, we were 
chartered with a membership of eighty-two. 

With a fast growing church it was evident we 
needed a larger building. Construction began in 1 990 
and finished in 1991 with our first service Januarv 
17th. The membership soon grew to 212 and by 1995 
it topped 300. 

Outreach is a special and important part of the 
ministry. Food Share Ministry started in 1 995 with a 
donation of food to use for our Wednesday night 
Fellowship meal. 

We are still growing, praise the Lord. It is time to 
build again. The Lord's work is a continuous process. 
The third building was a larger sanctuary seating 600 
people. On open house day, September 20, 1998, chairs 
had to be brought out of classrooms to seat everyone. 



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tepadJ. 



hadtahde in nini, a/ id he dha/i winy ft 



Psalm 115:11 



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Community j 
Baptist Church 


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John R. "Pete" 
Bridges, Pastor 





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Community Baptist Church was built in 1945. 
Burgan Grigg donated the land and the church was 
built by Robert Childers. Boyd Grigg, Garland 
Grigg, and other children in the neighborhood 
carried building materials to the site. Mr. Childers 
put a mercury dime in each corner and said, "Now 
the church will never be broke." The church was built 
from cement blocks, had four windows on each side, 
wooden floors, wooden benches, and a pot belly 
stove. A member of the church would come early on 
Sunday morning to build a fire. 

A.V. Rippy was the first pastor. Other pastors 
included Harvey Mackey, johnny Spake, Lee Roy 
Jones, Ray Walker, Willie McKinney, Bill Guyton, 
James Deaton, and Glenn Ballard. The present pastor 
is Rev. John R. "Pete" Bridges. 

The church building was remodeled in 1970. 



Psalms 95:6 



Crestview Baptist Church 




Stanley D. Webb, 
Pastor 



A group of 
approximately twenty- 
five or thirty people 
met on June 6, 1993, 
to seek the will of God 
concerning 
establishing a new 
church. The following week, June 13, 1993, Crestview 
Baptist Church held its first church service at EO Studio. 
Dr. Eugene Poston spoke at the first service. The 
church organized its Sunday School with only classes 
for men, women, youth, and nursery. The Lord 
continued to supply the church with pastoral 
leadership through the early days until the church 
called Rev. David Jones as pastor in October 1993. 

The members established a building fund with 
their goal to start a building of their own as soon as the 
fund reached $150,000. Through special projects, 
regular contributions from members and caring friends 
of the church, and the donation of eleven acres of land 
on the corner of Highway 1 50 and Old Boiling Springs 
Road, the church building was begun in August 1996. 

On Wednesday, June 8, 1997, the church held the 
first service in the new building. Many of the members 
gave sacrificially, worked on the actual construction, 
and encouraged each other during the building process. 
The church has had three pastors: Rev. David 
Jones, Rev. Rob Helton, and Rev. Stanley D. Webb, 
current pastor. 



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David Baptist 
Church 


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Jody Griffin, 1 
Pastor H 


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In 1938, Baptists in Kings Mountain gathered 
with the goal of establishing a church near Bethware 
High School. Rev. H. E.Waldrop preached for a while 
and a Sunday School was organized. Definite steps 
were taken to establish a church in September 1938. 
Rev. D. F. Putnam was approached by Terria and 
Luther McSwain, Sr., with regards to helping to 
investigate the community's interest in organizing and 
building a house of worship. A survey determined an 
interest and a need. The new church was endorsed by 
the Pastors and Workers Conference of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. 

On Sunday, October 9, 1938, David's Baptist 
Church was organized with Rev. D. F. Putnam as their 
first pastor. The forty-eight charter members met in 
the Bethware School auditorium until a church 
building was completed one year later. Luther 
McSwain, Sr., and L.W. (Walker) McSwain agreed to 
give $500 each and to donate a building site and timber 
for the new church building in memory of David 



Andrew McSwain. Alexander Hatcher Webb donated 
$1,000 to honor his father, "Honest" David Webb, a 
farmer and merchant from Shelby. The church 
members also noted from the book of Psalms how 
King David loved the house of the Lord. Therefore, the 
church was named David's Baptist Church. The V was 
dropped shortly thereafter. 

By 1942, the church had grown to 147 members, 
been accepted into the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association, began contributing to the Cooperative 
Program, built a baptistry and purchased land for a 
cemetery. In the late 1940s, the church added a mid- 
week prayer service, held its first Vacation Bible 
School, organized a Women's Missionary Union, and 
constructed its first parsonage on land donated by the 
L.V. Hoyle Family. 

The Rev. N. S. Hardin accepted the call to be 
pastor of David Baptist Church on February 13, 1955. 
On that same evening the church building burned to 
the ground. Hardin went on to serve as pastor for 
fourteen years. During his ministry the church was 
rebuilt and a recreation building was built in 1968. 
More importantly during this period, the church 
experienced significant growth with ninety-seven 
people joining on profession of faith and baptism and 
108 joining by letter. Three men from the church were 
called out as pastors. 

In the ensuing years, church membership grew to 
over 260 as the church expanded its ministry to 
include an active Brotherhood, youth program, and 
children's worship ministry. The church sponsors 
missionaries Sam and Kathy Parham in Africa and 
supports Lewis and Grace Crawford in Brazil. 

David Baptist Church began its seventh decade by 
calling its twelfth pastor. Rev. Joseph W Griffin, III, 
conducted his first worship service on July 5 , 1 998 . 



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Double Shoals 
Baptist Church 




In 1898, at a revival 
meeting at the home of 
Barbary Spangler, talk began 
of the need for a church 
closer to home. On July 1 , 
1899, the initial step was taken when sixteen people 
withdrew their letters from Zion Baptist to start their 
own church at Double Shoals. On the following day, the 
group met in an oak grove at the home of Bob Stockton 
and organized Double Shoals Baptist Church. The 
Methodist Church of Double Shoals graciously invited 
the new fellowship to meet in their building until a 
meeting place of their own could be acquired. The new 
church grew to a membership of forty-five by the end of 
the first year. The Reverend C. S. Cashwell served as the 
first pastor. 

In the 1899 Kings Mountain Associational 
Minutes, p. 54, was a notation acknowledging the 
receiving of Double Shoals into the KMBA. The 
Associational meeting was held at New Prospect 
Baptist Church on Thursday, September 21 , 1899. 

"The body continues to grow by receiving at this 
session Lawndale and Double Shoals, two newly 
constructed churches, making thirty-three count." 

In 1 90 1 , the church erected its own meeting 
place, a one room, frame building about 20 by 40 feet, 
with two doors — one for the women and one for the 



men. That same year the church enjoyed its largest 
annual growth, baptizing thirty-three new members 
and adding eleven others by transfer of letter. The 
membership was now eighty-five. 

The church's second building was built in 1924. 
The brick structure consisted of an auditorium and 
eleven Sunday School rooms. Reverend J. W. Suttle 
was pastor at this time, serving the longest period in 
the history of the church, from January 1916 through 
September 1948. 

In March 1949, the church's third and present 
building was completed and in 1964, an annex for 
education and fellowship was added. Renovation and air 
conditioning of the auditorium took place in the 
summer of 1973. A church parsonage was erected in 
1960. In 1992 a new fellowship complex was added, 
featuring a large fellowship room, a stage, a large 
kitchen, choir room, bathrooms, and foyer. 

The Sunday School became a standard school in 
1925 and continued to maintain this except for three 
years during WWII. In 1958, the church became the 
first Advanced Standard Sunday School in North 
Carolina. In 1959, the church was recognized as the 
first Advanced Standard Sunday School in the Southern 
Baptist Convention. 

From the beginning the church stressed missions. 
During the depression years, ten percent or more of the 
annual budget went to the Cooperative Program. In 
1952, the Brotherhood initiated the Harvest Festival. 
The money received supports their missionaries, church 
education fund, and Gardner- Webb University. 

As our church crosses the one hundred year 
mark, it is a strong, growing church, full of children 
and adults who love the Lord and seek to serve him in 
the Double Shoals and surrounding areas, carrying on 
the traditions that were started by our ancestors in 
1899. The present pastor is Rev. Eric Davis who has 
served since January 1, 1977. Membership is 310. 



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Double Springs 
Baptist Church 




Double 
Springs Baptist 
Church was 

jHpf ! m^£RM organized on 

ij._ 1 December 7, 

I _j 1844 ^ having 

been named 
for two springs that were on the site of camp meetings 
led by circuit-riding preachers and held under brush 
arbors in the years preceding the founding of the 
church. In 1845, the first building (log) was 
constructed and the church joined the Broad River 
Baptist Association. 

In 1851, the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
was founded at Double Springs and the church joined 
the new Association. In 1856, the church voted to start 
Sunday School. A second building was constructed in 
1875. In 1885, the pastor began to receive a salary. 
Sunday School began year-round in 1883 and became a 
"graded" Sunday School in 1917. The third building was 
completed in 192 1 and included Sunday School rooms, 
choir loft, indoor baptistry, electric lights, central heat, 
and indoor bathrooms. 

Other significant dates include 1922, the First 
Advanced Standard Sunday School; 1931, rotation 
system of deacons implemented, 1944; Centennial 
celebration, 1945; Sexton's house constructed, 1948; 
first Vacation Bible School, 1950; education building 
constructed, 1953; "preaching" services held every 
Sunday, 1955; parsonage constructed, 1963: present 
sanctuary constructed, 1972; present fellowship 



hall /education building constructed, 1994: 
Sesquicentennial celebration. 

Double Springs Baptist Church has had a rich and 
interesting history in the course of 153 years. Many 
things have changed dramatically during this significant 
period of time, but one thing has remained the same — 
and that is the Good News of Jesus Christ, first spread 
twenty centuries ago. For more than the last century 
and a half of that time, Double Springs Baptist Church 
has been an organized effort of people for the building 
of God's Kingdom. To be strengthened by the Lord 
and press forward in the cause of Christ is what the 
study of our past can hopefully help bring us as we 
continue to spread the "Good News" into the future. 

The current pastor is Rev. Eddie Brackett and the 
current membership is 487. 



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Dover Baptist 
Church 




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Phil Bailey, 
Pastor 







The organization of Dover Baptist Church was 
the result of the insight and hard work of Mr. John R. 
Dover, Sr. He donated the land upon which our first 
church was located and built the first pastorium. 
Throughout the history of the church, the Dover 
family has given many generous contributions to our 
church. Even today they continue to remember and 
support our church through offerings and 
contributions that exemplify this interest and love. 



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Dover Baptist Church was organized July 6, 
1924, and in September of that year the church voted 
to begin a building program which would include an 
auditorium and twelve classrooms. The first service 
was held in the new building on November 22, 1925. 

The church voted to build a three-story 
educational building on March 31, 1940, and it was 
completed July 1 , 1940. 

June 8, 1952, the church voted to build an 
education building on the south part of the church and 
to enlarge and renovate the auditorium and original 
educational building. The work was completed mid- 
summer 1953. 

July 14, 1963, the church voted to build a 
pastorium. A lot was given to the church by Dover 
Foundation. The home was completed November 
1963. June 12, 1994, a ground breaking ceremony 
was held for a new church at a new location. August 
20, 1 995, the church met for their last Sunday worship 
at their old location at 41 3 Polkville Road. 

The first worship service in their new church at 
1501 Polkville Road was held August 27, 1995. On 
November 5, 1995, they held a Laying of Cornerstone 
and Dedication Service and on February 1 , 1998, held 
a note burning service. 

At present, being confronted with the need for 
additional space, they are beginning a challenge to 
"Build Together for the Glory of God!" 

Ministerial staff members are Rev. Phil Bailey, 
pastor and Mrs. Beth Heffher, minister of music/ 
education/ youth. The current membership is 381. 

^eaAwv, out ol ^eaA&iv, tepXxwo, lenmo, 
e/m^iMm^ aw is^na^ ^ulwii/ria' and 

CW<lt?W7W. 

2 Timothy 4:2 



Eastside Baptist Church, 
Kings Mountain 




A mission 

committee consisting 
of Mr. Hugh 
Williams, Mr. 

Wilson, Mr. Clyde 
Gladden, and Rev. 
B. F. Auston was 
appointed by Second Baptist Church to check out a 
vacant lot on York Road. The committee thought this 
would be a good place for a church. At that time the 
building for Eastside Baptist Church was bought from 
Shady Grove. The York Road Mission was organized 
into a church on Sunday, October 7, 1951, with forty- 
eight charter members. 

Our fellowship building stands at this site at the 
present time. The first pastor, Rev. R. L. Chaney, 
came from the Burlington Mission, which was a 
branch from Second Baptist Church. Along with 
Rev. Chaney, Rev. James E. Williams conducted 
some of the evening services. On July 28, 1957, the 
new church was built on its present site, which is 
adjacent to the fellowship building. 

Former pastors of Eastside Baptist Church are as 
follows: Rev. R. L. Chaney, Rev. Don Wilson, Rev. Carl 
Greene, Rev. W M. Helms, Rev. Thomas E. Moore, Jr., 



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Rev. L. A. Faulkenbury, Rev. Darrell Cable, Rev. Harry 
Vance, Rev. James E.Williams, and Rev. DaleThornburg. 
Our present pastor, Rev. Eugene Land served as 
interim pastor and was called as full-time pastor in 
February, 2000. 



Eastside Baptist 
Church, Shelby 




Eastside Baptist Church, Shelby, was organized 
December 18, 1921, with thirty-one charter 
members. They began their meetings in Eastside 
School Auditorium on Earl Street in Shelby. The 
building housed a large auditorium and several 
classrooms that were used for Sunday School. This 
building was used for about twelve months before 
moving to a new building on Buffalo Street in 1922. 

Still another move was made when the church 
relocated to their present facilities on Wyke Road in 
Shelby. A dedication service was held on November 
13, 1978. 

Our 75 th anniversary celebration was held on 
Sunday, November 17, 1996 helping our members and 
friends enjoy the rich history our Lord has so 
graciously given us. 

In March 2000, we enjoyed aY2K celebration. A 
time capsule was buried near our newly formed rose 
garden. Various members spoke of past times of worldly 
disasters and how much we appreciate our God for 



taking good care of us. Following this service, we 
enjoyed a meal and entertainment by the Balltzgliers. 

This past year has been a time of planning to meet 
the challenges of a developing community. Plans are 
underway to build a family life center on the property 
adjacent to the church. Excitement is in the air as we 
seek God's direction. 

We are thrilled to announce this year has also 
brought a new emphasis to our recreation program. 
We live in a society where sports dominate people's 
lives and many of our members are using our ball 
program and other recreational activities to reach 
others for Christ. 

The present ministerial staff members include 
Dr. Harold Fite, pastor; Ms. Susan Wilson, minister of 
music /education; and Mr. Troy Harris, associate 
pastor. The current membership is 900. 





Elizabeth 


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Elizabeth Love 


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Often she was joined by 
Mary Jane Borders 
Mauney, and these two 




Terry Jordon, Pastor 



saints prayed for a 
church to combat the evil influence of a nearby liquor 
store and to provide a local place of worship. Early in 
1883, God sent C. F. Felment to lead the community 



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in a brush-arbor revival. As a result, a church and 
Sunday School were organized. In September 1883, 
Elizabeth Baptist Church was accepted into the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. 

The next year a little wooden church was built on 
land provided by Elizabeth Love Wilson. The white 
frame building was heated by a pot-bellied stove, 
lighted by kerosene lamps, and divided into Sunday 
School rooms by curtains. A yellow brick church 
replaced the wooden structure in 1910. This forty-by- 
sixty foot building had three separate Sunday School 
rooms. Like the wooden church it replaced, it too, had 
a large stove in the middle and curtains to separate 
classes. During its use, the kerosene lamps were 
replaced by electric lights. In 1940, the yellow brick 
church was replaced by a third building which had a 
sanctuary capacity of five hundred people, an inside 
baptistry, and facilities for six separate Sunday School 
departments. On December 13, 1954, flames 
completely engulfed this red brick church and left 
Elizabeth Baptist Church without a building. The 
church, using Elizabeth School as its meeting place, 
continued to minister, to pray, and to plan as it rebuilt 
on the same site on which Elizabeth Love Wilson had 
prayed so long before. 

On February 24, 1957, services were held by the 
church in its fourth and present building. An adjoining 
building containing additional Sunday School rooms, a 
kitchen, and fellowship hall was entered in 1970, and a 
separate recreational facility was completed in 1982. 
From this complex, Elizabeth Baptist Church through 
God's leadership continues to minister and to affect the 
lives of people in Cleveland County and to the 
uttermost parts of the earth. 

The present ministerial staff members include 
Rev. Terry Jordan, pastor., Rev. Mike McGee, minister 
of music and senior adults; Matt Simpson, minister to 
students and young adults; and Blake Hooks, minister 
of adults in education and evangelism. Current 
membership is 1183. 



Flliott 




Memorial 
Baptist Church 


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Andy Meade, 
Pastor 


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Elliott Memorial Baptist Church was first 
organized in 1955 by a group of deacons from Wallace 
Grove Baptist Church. At the present it is not known 
if our church was formed because of a missionary 
outreach church planted by Wallace Grove, or if these 
deacons split from Wallace Grove. The first meetings 
were held in an old house that sat across the hill from 
where the present church building sits. Later seven 
acres of land along Stick Elliott Road in Polkville were 
donated by a local man named Gene Daves. He is 
better known at Stick Elliott, a Grand National race car 
driver prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 
The Daves family had a hand also in the formation of 
this local church. A block building was the first 
building erected on the land for services. 

Since its organization, Elliott Memorial has had 
four preachers. In 1980, the present preacher Andy 
Meade began as pastor. The church has grown since he 
has been there. There were only five members when 
he began in 1980, and now it has grown to over fifty- 
five members. He will point out though that if 
everyone that has come to be baptized and to become 
a member were to show up it would take about four 
churches our size to hold the people. This seems to be 
true of almost all churches today. Since he has been 



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there, the church has been remodeled inside, a 
fellowship hall has been built, and one half an acre of 
land was donated by Haywood Shuford for a cemetery. 

The Lord called Preacher Meade to start the 
Cleveland County Baptist Camp Meeting. He called 
several churches who were eager to participate. Four 
acres of land were purchased off Highway 18 near 
Fallston. The meetings started in a tent and now a nice 
open air building has been erected and three more 
acres of land were purchased. Preacher Meade is the 
moderator and Elliott Memorial, Mars Memorial, and 
Olive Grove Baptist Churches are the sponsoring 
churches of these meetings. The camp meetings are 
held the first two weeks of September with a different 
evangelist each week. 

God has provided our every need at Elliott 
Memorial. We have seen God work in His own time to 
fulfill our needs. Our mission is not to fill every pew, but 
to spread the Gospel and to continue God's work until he 
returns. People come and go, but these people will always 
hear the Gospel preached. Old fashioned, good ole' 
Gospel preaching still fills our sanctuary, and our light will 
continue to shine beside the old two lane country road 
until the Lord returns to take His church home. 



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ndtba?id, Ntpti^ma/themi in the name/ 
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Emmanuel 
Baptist Church 




Emmanuel Baptist Church started as a mission 
the third Sunday in July, 1963. Services were held in a 
rented house on Mary's Grove Church Road between 
Waco and Cherry ville. Twenty people were present for 
the first service. 

Emmanuel was certified as a part of the 30,000 
movement of the Southern Baptist Convention and 
was sponsored by the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association. 

On July 19, 1964, a meeting was called for the 
purpose of organizing Emmanuel Baptist Church. The 
meeting was called to order by Rev. James Holder, 
associational moderator, who called upon Mrs. Fred 
Cartee to lead in the singing of the Hymn "We're 
Marching to Zion." 

Superintendent of missions, CO. Greene, led the 
devotional using his scripture selection Acts 2:41 . He 
spoke of the new testament church and closed his 
remarks with prayer. Rev. Leroy Sisk, associational 
clerk, brought recommendation from the General 
Board and moved its adoption. There was no 
opposition. Rev. Forrest Teague, chairman of the 
Missions Planning Committee, read the resolutions. 

Following the adoption of the resolutions, church 
officers were elected. The moderator moved that the 



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slate of officers, who served as officers of the mission, 
be elected to the same office in the constituted church. 

Pastor Cartee came to open the doors of the 
church, extending invitation to those present to accept 
membership in the Emmanuel Baptist Church. The 
right hand of fellowship was offered to those 
constituting the membership of the church, and the 
service closed with singing, "Bless Be The Tie That 
Binds." Fred Crisp offered the benediction. 

In the fall of 1964, land was purchased with help 
from the Baptist State Convention. Bonds were sold to 
finance the construction of the church building. The 
first service in the new building on Mary's Grove 
Church Road was conducted the second Sunday of 
December 1967. Emmanuel Baptist continues to 
occupy the original building with present membership 
of 105. 

Rev. David Rabb served as Emmanuel's second 
pastor from January 1984 until February 1999. Rev. 
Matthew Sarratt was called as the new pastor 
October 1999. 



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Faith Baptist 
Church 




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1 J.R. Robbins, 
1 Pastor 





A meeting was held at Second Baptist Mission, 
with W.T. Bray, CO. Greene and Lawrence, for the 
purpose of organizing the church. In October of 1 953, 
"A Baptist Church" was organized, with thirty-five 



charter members. There was no place to worship, so 
Lucille Blanton first let us use her house. 

On November 8,1953, Faith Baptist Church was 
chosen as a name for our new church, because we went 
out in "FAITH." Burlington Mill Company gave us 
land for our first church building which was located on 
Branch Street. 

On November 15,1953, Rev. W. Flay Payne was 
called as our pastor. He was ordained on November 
22, 1953. 

On February 14, 1954, we had our first worship 
service in our new church. We had seventy-nine in 
attendance with an offering of $79.22. 

In March of 1 96 1 , our first Sunday School plant 
was organized. In March of 1974, Faith Baptist Church 
voted to buy ten acres of land from the Whitesides 
Estates on Lin wood Road. 

In December of 1975, Faith Baptist Church sold 
their property on Branch Street and moved to the 
Community Building to worship while constructing 
their new building. 

In September of 1976, we moved into our new 
church on Lin wood Road, which "GOD" gave us at a 
cost of approximately $40,000. In December of 1977, 
a new parsonage was completed. In 1982, the picnic 
shelter was made into the fellowship hall we are in today. 



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Fallston 
Baptist 
Church 




A time to be born. . .a 
time to build up... these 
Biblical verses describe 
Fallston Baptist's gradual growth from its simple 
beginnings in a one -room building into what it is today. 
The church began in 1 902 when a group of ordained 
ministers had one wish to start a church. They invited 
anyone to join. Thirty-two people took the invitation 
and became members. 

The original church was a white clapboard 
building located across the street from the current 
building in the area that is now the cemetery. Mr. E. C. 
Dickson sold the land to the congregation for $10.00 
an acre. The first church had two doors instead of one. 
One door was for women to enter and the other for 
men. In 1902, men and women sat on opposite sides 
of the church. There is now one door in the front of the 
building so men, women, and people of all ages can 
enter the sanctuary. 



The first church pastor was Rev. Thomas Dixon, 
Sr., whose portrait hangs in the fellowship hall. Rev. 
Dixon fathered a prominent family — authors, 
lecturers, and preachers. 

In 1940, a new church was built on Circle Drive, 
on a lot donated by banker Mr. Herman A. Beam, whose 
parents were charter members of the church. By 1957, 
Mr. Beam had donated three acres for church use. 

In 1940, the colonial revival brick structure was 
built with three stories and massive columns. In 1948, 
the basement of the church was completed. In 1949, 
the church's parsonage was built. In 1966, the 
vestibule was added and renovations to the steeple 
were made. In 1975, the church was remodeled and 
stained glass windows and chandeliers were added. 
Two old hearse lamps, donated by Stamey Funeral 
Home, still provide light for Fallston Baptist Church. 

The church now has about 300 members. Under 
the leadership of Rev. Scott Norton, who has been at 
the church a little over a year, Fallston Baptist is 
building up the community and the church by bringing 
in young families and bringing the community into its 
doors. A lot of new programs are geared toward 
families. As Fallston enters this century, it has seen two 
buildings — one that withstood almost forty years and 
another that has seen sixty years. 



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dndtho fyutfl/ oltri& U&td &7iau*idA /jtiPiw&i/. 



Psalm 1 1 7 



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Flint Hill 
Baptist Church 




On August 27, 1 909, a concerned group from the 
community met to discuss the formation of a new 
church. Representatives from Mt. Sinai, Boiling 
Springs, Zion, and Shiloh churches met with this group 
to help organize the new church. A resolution was 
adopted and the charter members agreed to call 
themselves Flint Hill Baptist Church. 

The first frame church building was erected in 
1 9 1 for approximately 1 05 members, and in late 1915, 
land was purchased for a cemetery. In 1925, a second 
frame church building was constructed and then a third 
church house, of brick- veneer, was built during 1939- 
1942. The first service was held in August 1941 . Later 
added to the building was a baptistry, restrooms, and 
additional classrooms. In March 1 947, the foundation of 
the parsonage was laid. 

In March 1950, the church voted to start a "Lord's 
Acre" program. Money, from sold crops or livestock or 
hourly wages, would be given to the church at a special 
Thanksgiving service and designated for scholarships for 
college youth and /or mission projects. 

Since the early days, Flint Hill Baptist Church 
has continued to support missions of every kind. 
Flint Hill sends a group on a stateside mission trip 
at least once a year. All who participate return 
feeling rewarded and enlightened. 



Through the years, God has continued to bless 
Flint Hill Baptist Church and her people. And because 
of His blessings, in 1 998, a Family Life Center was built 
and dedicated to His glory. 

There is a loving spirit present at Flint Hill and the 
prayer of the church is that anyone who enters not leave 
without comfort from God or salvation by His grace. 

Pastors who have served Flint Hill include: R. 
Newton Hawkins, Martin Gold, George P. Horn, I.D. 
Harrill, J.M. Walker, B. Monroe Bridges, G.P. 
Abernathy, Charles H. Padgett, Floyd Ellis, J.W. 
Costner, M.A. Conrad, J. A. Brock, C.W.Walker, Edd 
Calhoun, Joe Belcher, Benny Wood, E.J. Brown, and 
E.H. Sessom. L. Keith Dixon is the present pastor. 







Grover, First 
Baptist Church 






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On November 23, 1878, with sixty-two charter 
members, State Line Baptist Church was organized in a 
little town straddling the North and South Carolina line 
known asWhitaker, South Carolina. 

In 1886, the post office was moved into North 
Carolina and the town was incorporated as Grover. The 
church changed its name also, to Grover Baptist Church 
In 1 948, it assumed the name First Baptist, then in 1 997, 
it became First Baptist Church of Grover, Incorporated. 

In 1 907, the sanctuary on the corner of Cleveland 
Avenue and Linden Street was built. On May 18,1 969, 
the groundbreaking of our present sanctuary took 
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from the old sanctuary into the new. The old sanctuary 
was demolished leaving the old educational building 
attached to the new sanctuary. 

On April 28, 1991, new stained glass windows 
were dedicated, depicting the life of Jesus Christ. 

At present, our pastor is Dr. Tony Fulbright, who 
began his ministry with us on October 1 , 1997. Over 
the past 1 20 years there have been many changes but 
our Lord's love for His people never changes. 



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Immanuel 
Baptist Church 


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James S. Rice, |"1 
Pastor 





Immanuel Baptist Church had it's beginning in 
the home of Rev. and Mrs. Jim Rice at 1406 Beverly 
Avenue in Shelby in June 1975. The group continued 
to meet in this home as well as several other places. 
The group was invited to use the Lutz- Austell Funeral 
Home Chapel as a meeting place at no charge. 

The first Sunday in July 1975, while meeting at 
the Chapel, the church organized, voted to call 
themselves Immanuel Baptist Church, and to call 
James S. Rice as pastor. Twenty-three people joined 
and the charter membership was kept open until they 
had a total of forty-three charter members. 

The auditorium at Graham Elementary School on 
West Warren Street was made available to the group and 
they met in this facility until June 15,1 980. At this time 
they moved into their new building on Highway 180 
South between Patterson Springs and Earl. 

At present, they have a total of 146 members. 



Kings Mountain 
Baptist Church 




Kings Mountain Baptist Church situated on 
the southwest corner of West Mountain Street and 
South Piedmont Avenue, was organized on 
December 8, 1958. 

Dr. Zeno Wall supplied as pastor until Rev. 
Marion D. Dubose, of Athens, Georgia, came as the 
church's first pastor. Kings Mountain Baptist had 221 
charter members and in less than a year, the church 
increased in membership to 259. 

On October 12, 1959, a significant action was 
taken upon the recommendation of the Missions 
Committee. At that time, the church assumed the 
responsibility of providing leadership for a Sunday School 
Class at the Kings Mountain Hospital each Sunday 
morning. This service has been continued through the 
years and is still a vital part of the hospital ministry. 

In December 1965, Rev. James Wilder was called 
as pastor. Rev. Wilder was pastor until September 
1973. Pastor J.C. Goare was called in March of 1975. 

One significant decision in 1977, in regards to 
world missions, was the church sponsoring, in 
cooperation with the Foreign Mission Board, Miss 
Phyllis Thomas, Missionary to Chile. 

In 1978, an elevator was installed in memory of 
Mr. Ted Weir. In 1980, an outside beautification 
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Work was begun in 1981 to renovate the 
sanctuary and was completed in June. A dedication 
service was held on September 13, 1981 . 

Rev. J.C. Goare was pastor of Kings Mountain 
Baptist Church until September of 1984. Rev. Robert 
Collins was pastor from September 1985 until 
December 1992. 

Rev. Olin S. Byrum, III, was called to this 
pastorate in July 1994 and served until September 
2000. On staff are: Mrs. Norma Moose, minister of 
youth /children; Mr. Jeff Renn, minister of music and 
pianist; Mrs. Carol Dixon, secretary; and Mr. Bill 
Blanton, custodian. 

The Woman's Missionary Union is very active in 
the church's mission work The Keenagers is an 
organization, organized by Miss Helen Logan, for 
senior adults. The group offers a variety of activities for 
this age group. 



Kings 

Mountain, 

First 

Baptist 

Church 




Dr. John W. Sloan, 
Jr., Pastor 



First Baptist 

Church was organized in 
1890 by Mrs. Frances 
Lou Smith Cornwell 
with the help of Mrs. 
John Thomas Kendricks. In the early years of the 
church, services were held in homes and in the school 
building. The first church building was erected on a lot 
donated by Mr. John H. Craig of Gastonia.The building 



was completed in 1 891 .The lot is located on the south 
corner of Mountain Street and Piedmont Avenue. This 
first wooden structure served the church until July 
1913, when it was torn down to make way for a new 
brick structure which still stands today. 

God blessed First Baptist Church with growth, 
and by the mid-fifties space was badly needed. Some 
ten or twelve members purchased a lot on the corner 
of West King and Sims Streets and made it a gift to the 
church, provided they relocate and build on the lot 
within five years. On July 3, 1960, under the 
leadership of Rev. Bomar Luther Raines, the 
congregation conducted its first worship service in this 
new location. 

First Baptist Church continued to grow, and on 
May 6, 1973, a ground breaking was held for a new 
fellowship building. God continued to bless and again 
more space was needed. In 1983, plans were 
formulated to construct a new sanctuary and 
additional classrooms. In June of 1984, the ground 
breaking ceremony was held. Approximately sixteen 
months later on September 28, 1985, the congregation 
occupied this new facility. 

God is blessing, and First Baptist Church 
continues to grow. On August 10, 1997, the church 
broke ground for a new Christian Life Center. This 
new building and the renovation of the old fellowship 
building will greatly facilitate the congregation in 
fellowship and educational ministries. 

Looking backward as well as forward, we can see 
the foundation for this new work based on the 
faithfulness of two faithful ladies who began with a 
vision and with a growing congregation who has 
continued the vision down through the years. 

Ministerial staff members are: Dr. JohnW. Sloan, 
Jr. , pastor; Rev. Morris Jordan, minister of music; Rev. 
Shane Doty, minister of education; and Rev. Jeff 
Johnson, minister of youth. 

Current membership is 1265. 



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Kings Mountain, Second 
Baptist Church 




Second Baptist Church had its beginning from a 
"Community Sunday School" in the Cora Mill village 
in northeast Kings Mountain. This Sunday School was 
constituted into a Missionary Baptist Church on June 
13, 1915, with the assistance of a Presbytery appointed 
and guided by First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain. 
Twenty-seven people became charter members. The 
church was constituted under the name: "Eastside 
Baptist Church." 

The first meeting place for the congregation was 
a remodeled, one room school building located near 
Third Street. 

Having received a gift of land on Linwood Road 
from Dr. O.G. Falls, the congregation erected a 
spacious auditorium and educational building which 
served the needs of the people from 1922 until 1953. 

In the process of moving to the new site, the name 
of the church was changed to Second Baptist Church. 

As God prospered the evangelistic efforts of the 
congregation and their numbers increased, a much 
larger building was raised directly across the street on 
Linwood Road. In 1953, the congregation dedicated 
this larger building to the service of the community 
and to the glory of God. In 1965, a fellowship building 
was completed and an office complex has been added 
adjacent to the fellowship building. 



The church has been ably served by fourteen 
pastors in its history: Rev. L. A. Bangle, Rev. John 
Hicks, Rev. J. Wesley Davis, Dr. H. V. Tanner, Rev. W. 
N. Cooke, Rev. Robert L. Chaney, Rev. C. C. Parker, 
Rev. B. F. Austin, Rev. Howard Cook, Rev. Albert 
Hastings, Rev. Victor Trivette, Rev. George Julian, Rev. 
Eugene W. Land, and Rev. Michael R. Dixon. 

Over the years of its history, thousands of 
individuals have made the church a significant part of 
their spiritual pilgrimage. Several of these have been 
called into Christian ministry as a vocation and many 
now serve other congregations in God's earthly 
Kingdom. 

The present congregation holds dear all those 
men and women of the past who have given of 
themselves to the Kingdom's work in our city. 

Standing on the strong foundation left by those 
who have come before us, our congregation looks to 
the future with joyful anticipation as we acknowledge 
what God is doing in our midst. 



Lattimore Baptist 
Church 





Dr. Max Burgin, 
Pastor 



A small 
number of 

Baptist brethren 
met in the old 

school building October 3 , 1891, for the purpose of 

establishing a Baptist Church in Lattimore. They 

decided to build immediately. 

Land for the building site was donated as follows: 

J.H. Beam and Johnny H. Jones, one acre each, and 

Audley M. Lattimore, two acres. 



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The Reverend Abraham C. Irvin was elected 
pastor for the calendar year of 1 892 on October 24, 
1891. Thus Lattimore Baptist Church was officially 
launched, even though it was not formally organized or 
built. Elder Thomas Dixon preached the organizational 
sermon December 4, 1891. Representatives from 
Beaver Dam, Double Springs, Sandy Plains, and Sandy 
Run churches attended. 

The first house of worship was dedicated on 
Friday before the first Saturday in August of 1892 with 
Thomas Dixon again bringing the message. The church 
was admitted to the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
at the fall session in 1892. The first Sunday in May, 
1991 , the church celebrated its one-hundredth year. 

In its one -hundred-nine year history, the church 
has had seventeen pastors. During this time, the 
financial program has shown strong growth, as 
illustrated by the buildings. The original building was 
destroyed by fire in 1914. It was replaced in 1915 by 
another wooden building. This wood structure was 
torn down in 1 949 to make way for the present brick 
structure, completed in 1950. Several years later, a 
south wing was added. Land donated by Daisy 
DeBcrry, Plato Crowder, and the Beam family 
respectively made the following additions possible: a 
modern parsonage, cemetery expansion, and an up-to- 
date, recreation area-consisting of a ball field, a large 
picnic shelter, concession stand, barbecue pit, and two 
tennis courts. 

However, the true value of a church is its people. 
Part-time youth workers have greatly enhanced the 
strength and value of our youth program. In 1992, Dr. 
Max Burgin, a retired Army chaplain, became the 
church's seventeenth pastor. He has continued to 
kindle the spirit of God within the little church in the 
grove which has grown from a handful of worshippers 
to approximately 1 50 active members. They still strive 
for the same goals as those forty-eight charter 
members — the will of God for their lives and for that 
of Lattimore Baptist Church. 



Lawndale 
Baptist Church 




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Lawndale Baptist Church was called into being on 
July 23, 1899, when a group of forty men and women 
from New Bethel Baptist Church met with Rev. G. M. 
Webb, Rev. C. S. Cashwell, Carme Elam, and T. J. 
Ramsaur for the purpose of organizing. These forty 
charter members began our fellowship in a mill chapel 
that was also being used by the Methodists as their 
church building, and it later became known as the 
Union Church. On July 30, 1899, our first 
constitution was adopted. Rev. C. S. Cashwell 
accepted the call to serve as our first pastor. With a 
total membership of fifty-two, on September 10, 
1899, we decided to apply for membership to the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

At the time we called our second pastor, Rev. J. V. 
Devinney, on October 16, 1900, we were meeting 
monthly on Saturday nights; but on February 23, 1 901 , 
monthly Sunday night services replaced the Saturday 
night services. Then in 1905, Rev. Devinney began 
morning and night services on the second Sunday each 
month, and sometimes a fourth Sunday night service. 

Following Rev. Devinney's resignation we called 
Rev. C. W. Payseur, who served as pastor until 
September 22, 1912. Rev. J. W Suttle was then called 
as pastor. He served several other rural churches as 
well as Lawndale Baptist during his thirty-six years 
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Rev. C. O. Greene was our next pastor. He 
accepted the call to Lawndale Baptist Church on 
October 25, 1948; he also came as pastor for New 
Bethel and Double Shoals Baptist churches since one 
pastor still served several churches at this time. 

Our beautiful church was completed and the first 
service held in our new sanctuary was the baccalaureate 
service for the graduating class of Piedmont High 
School on May 23, 1953. And on that same night we 
held our first regular worship service in the new facility. 

On February 10, 1957, the church voted to 
purchase a parsonage. The Lennie Brittain home on 
the Lawndale -Fallston highway was bought with Mr. 
Brittain himself making the church's payments for the 
first four years. By November 1 1 , 1956, Rev. Greene 
was sure that Lawndale Baptist was ready to go to a 
full-time program and recommended that we do so. 

Rev. T. W. Estes came to serve us as our first full- 
time pastor on June 10, 1957. Under his capable 
leadership we retired the church debt in August of 
1957. Then on November 24, 1957, a dedication 
service was held and the cornerstone was laid. 

Our present pastor, Rev. Paul Williams, began 
January, 1991. Under his leadership we have re- 
worked and increased the size of our parking lot, 
installed new carpet, and presently we are working 
toward air conditioning our fellowship hall. Rev. 
Williams continues to lead us into the 2 1 st century. 

From our beginning in 1899 until 1999 — one 
hundred years later — we humbly acknowledge the 
light we give to be the reflection of His light. We are 
grateful for our heritage and for the place in His 
kingdom He has given 

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Lily Memorial Baptist Church 




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Lily Memorial Baptist 
Church was organized 
August 14, 1955, with 
sixty-one members. 

The following Sunday, 
August 21, 1955, Reverend D. W Digh, who started 
the church as a mission in the home of Mr. Gary 
Whisnant, was called as part-time pastor. He accepted 
the call August 28, 1955. On October 6, 1957, 
Reverend Digh was called as full-time pastor, with a 
salary of $85.00 per week. 

The name of the church was changed from Lily 
Baptist Church to Lily Memorial Baptist Church 
October 20, 1963, in memory of Mrs. Lily Schenck. 

The present church auditorium, social hall, and 
educational plant were constructed during the 
pastorate of Reverend D. W Digh — the social hall in 
1964 and the educational building in 1964. 

Reverend Marion Adams served as pastor from 
1970 to 1987. The present pastor, Dr. Ernest W 
Arnold, was called the first Sunday of April, 1987. 

The church acquired 7.5 acres of land adjacent to 
the church property November, 1994. The church 
bought the house and lot at 1305 S. DeKalb Street 
January 14, 1998. 

From its inception Lily has been a cooperating 
Southern Baptist Church. 



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Macedonia 
Baptist Church 




On October 31, 1920, Rev. J. J. Hicks, pastor of 
East Kings Mountain Baptist Church, saw a need at the 
Parkdale Mill and its surrounding community. 
Macedonia Baptist Church was organized and the 
doors were opened. On that day, thirteen members 
presented themselves. The church's first deacons, four 
in number, were elected and ordained before the 
meeting adjourned. Within eight years the church had 
grown and its fellowship answered the need for more 
space. A new building was erected in 1928. 

Twenty-eight years later, in 1956, the church 
once again arose to meet the needs of a growing 
fellowship and erected the third building to serve as a 
worship center for the members of Macedonia. Since 
then a parsonage, ball field with pressbox and 
concession stand, and a Family Life Center have been 
built. The congregation has just completed a 
renovation of its sanctuary. 

Macedonia has continued its diligent work for the 
Lord with our number one focus being personal 
evangelism. We love people and want to reach 
everyone for Christ. 

Former leaders of our flock: J. J. Hicks, D. C. 
Wylie,WT. Dostor, A. G. Melton, J.V. Fredrick, C. B. 
Bobbin, R. L. Hardin, T A. Lineberger, Wayne Ashe, L. 
D. Scruggs, Tom Patterson, Jessie Bailey, David 
Philbeck, and David Turner, present pastor. The 
present membership is 5 38. 











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Midview 
Baptist 
Church 



This 
church is the 
evidence of the 
power of God 
being 
manifested in 
the lives of His 
people. 
Around late 1948, Mr. 
Charlie Conner began a work 
beside the Bumgardner's. The 
present sanctuary was build by 
the people in 1949-1950. Mr. 
Lee Howell and the late Annie Boheler were two of the 
charter members. 

In the former years Midview had acquired two 
acres of land, which was later sold to build Sunday 
School rooms and a basement. A church house was built 
in 1953. This was later sold. Midview acquired the 
property again and it is our present fellowship house. 

Former pastors include Rev's. Jim Painter, 
George Leigh, James Williams, Bill Jones, John Frazier, 
Charles Pearson, Odus Hayes, R.C. Franks, John 
Frazier, and Fred Wells. 

Rev. Wells served as interim pastor from May 25, 
1 975 , to June 22 , 1 975 , when the church voted 1 00% to 
call him as pastor. Rev. Wells passed away April 28, 1 986. 
Martha Sanders gave a donation in 1977 as a 
memorial to her late husband Howard, and her late 
friend Oveda Green. She asked this to go toward 
building a baptism pool in the church. Enough 
donations came in to build this and add two rooms on 
front, build a porch and ramp, add a new steeple, 
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outside the fellowship house. A dedication for this 
work was held May 18, 1980. 

June 18,1 978 , Frances Green gave a donation as a 
memorial in memory of her late husband, Bud Green, 
to help fulfill a life dream to see a recreational area for 
our church. This made possible the purchase of 23.47 
acres adjoining church property. This with many other 
donations helped to make this purchase April 1983. 
July 28, 1985, this recreational area and facilities were 
dedicated to the service and glory of God. 

The present minister is Rev Bob Hope, who 
began May 1992. Current membership is 391. 



Mount Sinai 
Baptist Church 


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Mount Sinai Baptist Church was organized May 
20, 1 848, as an arm of Buffalo Baptist Church. The first 
pastor was L. H. McSwain. There were thirty charter 
members. The church has had twenty-six pastors. 

The first land was given (2.4 acres) by Frances 
Young. From that time until now land has been given 
by Nell and McHoyt Fraser, Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Bridges, 
and Mrs. L.Y. Putnam, and Mr. & Mrs. James Putnam. 
At this time the church grounds consist of 14.5 acres. 

Mount Sinai has been a member of the following 
associations: Broad River; Kings Mountain; The 
Constitutional Kings Mountain Association; and from 



1 866 until now, the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association. Mount Sinai is older than the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association and is the eighth oldest 
church in the Association. The first Sundav School was 
organized in 1882. 

Members from this church assisted in the 
organization of the following churches: Mt. Paran, 
Beaver Dam, and Flint Flill. 

The first building was of logs (a school house), 
located 100 feet due west of the present location. The 
second, a frame structure of one room, was built in 
1870. In 1928, it was remodeled to a brick structure 
with Sunday School rooms and a seating capacity of 400. 
This was used until 1 954. In 1 954, a new sanctuary was 
erected, and the original structure was used for 
classrooms and as a fellow ship hall until May 1973, when 
it was destroyed by fire. In 1964, a parsonage was built 
and in 1973, a church annex was added. 

In 1 989, another building program was started to 
create a ball field, a three story addition including 
Sunday School classrooms, a kitchen, and a choir 
room. A multi-purpose Family Life Center was added. 
The program lasted for five years. Men, women, and 
young people of the church worked on their davs off 
donating time, labor, abilities, and money, it was 
completed in 1995. 

From 1882 to 1990, eight men and one woman 
have been sent out in full-time Christian service. They 
are: P. S. Mullino (1882), J. J. Moore (1893), R. H. 
Weaver (1924), Ector Hamrick (1955), Pat Eskew 
(1975), Richard Long (1980), Darrell Revels (1983), 
Chris Wray (1985), and Gene Lancaster (1990). 

The following men have served as pastor: L. H. 
McSwain, Bryant Bonner, William McSwain, J. J. Jones, 
Drewery Scruggs, Thomas Mullinax, P. R. Elam, R. N. 
Hawkins, E. J. Bridges, J. M. Goode, B. M. Bridges, W 
G. Moore, J. C. Gillespie, Rush Padgett, J. L. Jenkins, 
Lawrence Roberts, C. B. Bobbin, L. M. Canipe, C. C. 
Crow, J. R. Cantrell, A. C. Hughes, H. 1 1. Ruppe, J. K. 



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Johnson, Robert Low, Broadus Heatherly, Ronnie 
Cheek, and TimTrexler, present pastor. 

For 1 50 years tliis church has extended the love of 
the Lord to many people — those who were hungry, 
grief stricken, lonely, unsaved, in prison, and afraid. 
Only eternity will reveal the true worth of this 
instrument of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 



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Mulls Memorial 
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On the Sunday of June 16, 1929, the Wallace 
Grove Baptist Church burned. A group of Christians still 
wanted a place of worship and proposed to continue the 
church in another location. A group wanted to rebuild 
the church at the same location, so on June 8, 1930, 
Wallace Grove Baptist Church was rebuilt. 

The first gathering of the group that was to 
become Mulls Chapel Baptist Church took place in the 
home of Mr. Benson Queen and his wife Sarah. In the 
summer of 1 929, they began getting ready to organize 
a new church. The first plot of land, located on 
Highway 1 8 north, was donated to them by Mr. O. M. 
Mull on October 22, 1919. The new church was 
chartered with seventy-one original members. 

The first building was a frame structure about 40 
by 60 feet with a small portico. 



The church was named after the donor of the 
land, Mr. 0. M. Mull. Mull's Chapel Baptist Church 
was the name chosen. 

The Kings Mountain Association recognized and 
accepted them readily. The Reverend R. R. Cook had the 
honor of being called as the first pastor of the church. 
His ministry was fruitful and the church grew. In 1 949, 
the church was completely remodeled. In 1951 the 
church held their first Vacation Bible School; also in 
1 95 1 , they began having mid-week prayer services. 

On May 10, 1953, the Mulls Bible Class of the 
First Baptist Church presented Mull's Chapel Church 
with a $1,100.00 donation to be used in building a 
parsonage. Mr. O. M. Mull gave a piece of land in 
front of the church as a building site for the parsonage. 
In 1953, Mr. and Mrs. WW. Bowen presented the 
church with a gift of timber to add to the parsonage 
fund. They also gave a 3 5 -foot strip of land down the 
side of the road in back for a cemetery lot. By this time 
the Sunday School enrollment was 1 30 and the church 
voted to go full-time. The parsonage was built in 1954. 

In November 1962, Mr. O. M. Mull died and the 
church voted to change the name of the church to 
honor Mr. Mull. From that time the church was 
known as Mulls Memorial Baptist Church, 
memorializing Mr. Mull. 

A new educational plant was completed in 1967. 
In 1969, the inside of the church was remodeled and 
enlarged. In 1970, the parking lot was enlarged. 
More property was purchased from Mr. W W Bowen 
in the back of the church for future growth. In 1 971 , 
attention focused on the need for a new auditorium. 
On Sunday, October, 7, 1973, the congregation 
worshiped in the new auditorium. In 1986, a new 
fellowship building was built. 

Former pastors include: Rev. R. R. Cook, Rev. L. 
E. Snipes, Rev. E. L. McDaniels, Rev. H. G. McElroy, 
Rev. Hoyle Alexander, Rev. Coleman Watkins, Rev. 
David Wesson, Rev. Lanny Elmore, Rev. John T 
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Dickerson. Rev. Ervin Price, the present pastor, has 
served since January 1990. God continues to use the 
people at Mulls as servants to a great community. 



New Bethel 
Baptist Church 





Ronell Owensby, 
Pastor 



New 
Bethel Baptist 
Church was 
organized in July 1848, as a result of the ministerial 
labors of Elders Thomas Dixon, Joseph Suttle, Drury 
Dobbins, and others. Organizing members from Zion, 
Capernaum, Zoar, and Double Springs Baptist 
churches met with the Baptist brethren and sisters of 
the community and formed them into a church body. 
They adopted the name with a constituent 
membership of twenty-five. 

Soon after the organization of the church it joined 
the Broad River Association and was a member until 
1851. She then united with a number of other 
churches throughout the area in forming the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association of which she is still a 
member. 

A budget, which is perhaps the first formal 
budget, was adopted in 1947. 

On July 12, 1851, Francis Lattimore deeded to 
the church 4.5 acres of land between Lawndale and 
Fallston for church use. Five buildings have been 
erected on this site where the present church building 
stands. Mrs. Lula Mae Falls Borders gave the church a 
0.25 acres tract in July 1953 and another 2.5 acres 
tract in April 1958, both adjoining the original church 
property. In 1965, 1 .5 acres were acquired from Plato 



Swink. The Swink property was converted into the 
present parking lot as part of a general relandscaping 
project in 1970. 

In November 1962, J. Hoyte Cline, Sr., gave a lot 
east ol Lawndale for a pastorium which was 
constructed in 1963. 

New Bethel has sent out eight members to the 
ministry. Since its founding New Bethel has had 
twenty pastors in her 1 52 years. 

The Sunday School at New Bethel made great 
strides and achieved the Standard of Excellence which 
it maintained continuously for forty-one years. 

An endowment to New Bethel continues to bless 
many of those pursuing higher education. Following 
the death of J. Matt London, his farm was held in trust 
by the deacons of New Bethel until the death of his 
wife, Elizabeth. At the time of her death, all income 
from the property was to be administered for the 
purpose of educating Cleveland County boys and girls. 
Preference was to be given to the needs of those 
preparing themselves for Christian ministries. The 
fund has also been used to endow Gardner- Webb 
University on several occasions. 

The church extended a call to Rev. Ronell 
Owensby as interim pastor in 2000 and then in 
October of the same year called him as full-time 
pastor. Currently the church membership is 220. 



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Baptist Church 




In the spring of 
1937, John V. Martin 
organized cottage prayer 
meetings in the New 
Buffalo community 
the southern part of 

Cleveland County. Martin led the services until the fall 
of 1941 when people elected B.L. Queen as leader. 
Under his leadership the attendance grew and the 
people realized they needed a meeting place. 

During the last of August and first of 
September, they held a revival service. Rev. N. S. 
Hardin held the revival and the records indicated 
there were six souls saved and others rededicated 
their lives to the Lord's work. 

A meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. 
W. L. Smith and New Buffalo Church was organized. 
A group met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. June Bowen 
and organized a Sunday School. 

The new church house was ready for use. The 
Rev. W. A. Elam brought the first message in the new 
church. The church was dedicated February 18, 1943, 
with Dr. Zeno Wall as speaker. J. Rector Robbins led 
the music and the Rev. W. A. Elam from Dover Church 
led the prayer of dedication. 

The church held Open House for their current 
sanctuary and renovations of other facilities on 
Saturday, August 2 2 , 1 998 . 



Eleven pastors have served at New Buffalo Baptist 
Church. The current pastor is Rev. Tim Hardin. At the 
present time the church has fifty-six members. 



New Camp 

Creek Baptist 

Church 




New Camp Creek Baptist Church, 863 New 
Camp Creek Church Road, was first formed as a 
"brush arbor" church in 1936. This is where the area 
had been cultivated and formed to make a roof. No 
sides were present and seating was whatever each 
individual brought. At that time it was not yet known 
as New Camp Creek Baptist Church. After several 
months the Spain family, members of the "arbor 
church," built a one-room sawdust floor building 
across the street from the present church site. This was 
referred to as "The Tabernacle." 

Rev. Roy Walker became the first pastor, and 
during his ministry the church became known as New 
Camp Creek Baptist Church. During Rev. Walker's 
ministry land was acquired across the dirt road to build 
a church. This was accomplished in 1943. During the 
years many changes and renovations have been made to 
the church. Currently a front portion is being added to 
the existing building. 

Rev. Jim Painter (1962-1969) was instrumental in 
the process to build a new sanctuary, steeple, and 
bathrooms in the present building. Rev. Hennan 



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Pennington (1969-1970) placed padded pews, new 
windows, and carpet to the cement floors. Rev. Howard 
Sain led the church while three new Sunday School 
rooms were added to the church and the parking lot was 
paved. While Rev. Oscar Hullander (1976-1978 and 
1979-1980) was pastor, the fellowship hall was built. 
The present pastor is Rev. Harold Hutchins. 



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New Hope 
Baptist Church 




New 
Hope Baptist 
Church was 
formally organized in August 1874. The records show 
that Earl School asked Rev. Thomas Dixon and the 
elders of Buffalo Church in South Carolina to help with 
the organization. This came after a week's brush arbor 
revival conducted by Rev. Dixon on the ground now 
occupied by the present church building. There were 
fifty converts from this revival and others from nearby 
churches brought their letters making a total of 161 
charter members. 

Rev. Thomas Dixon, then pastor of Buffalo Baptist 
Church, five miles to the south in South Carolina, with 
several laymen, helped to organize and start the new 
church. The name New Hope was chosen because it 
represented the feelings of the band of new converts. 

Able Earl gave five acres of land and J.W. Gibbons 
also gave land including a spring of water on the 
ground for the new church. Since that time New Hope 
has built three church buildings. The present church 
building has been occupied since August 1954. New 
Hope bought the Earl School property in 1968. The 
church has had twenty-nine pastors during its 125 
years of ministry. 



During the history of New Hope seven people 
have been ordained into the ministry. Evans Crawford 
and Lawrence McSwain were ordained during the 
1920s. Joe Bridges in 1950, Michael Sepaugh in 1967, 
George Griffin in 1995, Crystal Champion in 1997, 
and David Costner in 1998. 

New Hope called its first full-time pastor in 1 950 
and built a parsonage that same year. In 1958, the 
church called their first paid part-time music director 
and in the 1960s a part-time secretary became a 
member of the staff. In 1987, the church took another 
large step and called a full-time music, youth and 
children's director. We also presently employ a 
custodian, organist, pianist, and an accountant. 

Currently, New Hope has a membership of 349. 
M. David Gordon is the pastor. 

In August 1999, New Hope Church celebrated 
1 2 5 years of service for our Lord and Savior. During 
this celebration the church had a brush arbor service 
that refreshed the memories of the church's beginning. 

New Hope held a groundbreaking service for 
their new building — The Hope Center — on Sunday, 
September 24, 2000. 



New 

Jerusalem 

Baptist 

Church 




Zavier H. Terrill, 
Sr., Pastor 



New Jerusalem Full 
Gospel Baptist Church (formerly New Jerusalem 
Evangelistic Center) was organized in December of 
1981, under the leadership of Bishop Zavier H. Terrill, 



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Sr. , who still serves as pastor. Services were held at the 
Old Holly Oak Park Center until 1984. 

As the church continued to grow, God made 
provisions and the church was relocated to 304 N. 
Washington Street in Shelby where it continued to 
blossom. Also in 1984, the ministry ventured into 
radio and in 1 986 began the New Jerusalem Outreach 
Telecast. As a result of God's hand being upon the 
choir and the exposure that it had received through 
ministry, the New Jerusalem Voices recorded their first 
release in 1987. 

Due to continued growth and need for 
expansion, once again the ministry relocated in 1989 
to its present home, 701 Gardner Street, which was 
previously Calvary Baptist Church. 

In 1990, the church's name was changed to its 
present name and the Lord also began dealing with 
Bishop Terrill about unity in the body of Christ at large 
and tearing down racial barriers which resulted in 
New Jerusalem becoming a member of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. 

Work began last fall to implement an outreach 
program that would cater to children throughout the 
city, but especially to the ones in the west Shelby 
community. In January of 2001 , the ministry began the 
"Teach Me How After School Tutorial Program." 



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Tim Tapp, Pastor 


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churches in the 
region. For approximately two hundred years the 
church has opened its doors for worship on a regular 
basis. Today, the church remains very traditional, yet 
progressive as it continues to seek and serve the 
kingdom of God. 

The church was founded in 1801 by John Teeter 
Beam (1732-1807), who had immigrated to America 
from Hamburg, Germany, in 1767 with his wife and 
children. In 1 801 , he built a small house of worship near 
the site of the present church. Although Lutheran, the 
church was open to all denominations and by 1820 had 
become predominately Baptist. In that year the church 
was admitted to the Broad River Baptist Association. 

On October 6, 1854, with Rev. Thomas Dixon, 
Sr., as pastor the church was constituted as "New 
Prospect Baptist Church," and was admitted to the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. Although the 
church took dismissal from the Association in 1863, it 
rejoined the Association in 1871, and has since 
remained a loyal member. 

The current pastor, Rev. Tim Tapp, began 
December 24, 2000. 



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Norman's Grove 
Baptist Church 




Norman's 
Grove Baptist 
Church was 
organized in 
1910 at a brush arbor where the church is presently 
located in Belwood. The brush arbor meeting was 
conducted by Rev. Frank Newton, who became the first 
pastor of the church. 

The land where the church was built was given by 
D. M. and J. M. Norman. The church members 
donated the lumber and labor to build a one-room 
frame building with curtains separating the classes. The 
first deacons were J. M. Norman, C. P. Wellmon, and 
Robert Norman. 

In 1940, the first church was replaced by a 
beautiful brick building, with memorial windows in the 
sanctuary. Sunday School classrooms were located on 
the first and second floor and in the basement. A 
kitchen and dining area was a part of the basement area. 

Major improvements to Norman's Grove include: 
addition of the steeple in 1 96 1 , purchase of extra land 
in 1968 and 1996, completion of basement in 1977, 
paving of parking lot in 1978, installation of baptistry in 
1979, replacement of sanctuary lights in 1984, air- 
conditioning of building in 1986, construction of 
fellowship hall in 1 992, purchase of new piano in 1 993, 
and purchase of new organ in 1999. 

The pastors who have served the church have 
been Frank Newton, Jr.; Crowell Blanton; J. M. 
Deveney; Martin Gold; B. P. Parks; John A. Hallman; 
Cline Borders; CO. Greene; Paul Gray; Max L. 
Turner, Jr. ; and Cecil Buff. 



Norman's Grove Baptist Church has a growing 
membership. Our membership has grown out of a rich 
spiritual heritage. It is our mission to grow more in the 
stature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus cared for 
and ministered to the whole person and to all people 
of all walks of life, our church seeks to do likewise. 

North Lafayette Street 
Baptist Church 



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in South Shelby. 

They purchased five acres of land located at 1 700 
North Lafayette Street and moved into their present 
location November 15, 1996. 

God has led North Lafayette Church into two 
ongoing ministries. An organized Bible school was 
begun in 1998. Classes are held on Monday nights 
from 6:00-10:00 p.m. to train pastors, church 
workers, and lay people in God's Word. Also, the 
church ministers to the mentally ill, group homes, etc. 
inside and outside the church. 

They have started a cemetery and plan to build a 
fellowship hall in the near future. 



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Northside Baptist Church 




Neal Efird, Pastor 



Seeking God's wi 
and guidance, twenty- 
three concerned 
Christians met at Lail's 
Upholstery Shop on 

Saturday, February 15, 1975. Their purpose was to 
discuss the possibility of establishing a Baptist Church 
in the northern end of Shelby. It was agreed that there 
was a real need for a place to worship and gather in the 
community to better win the lost in that area to God's 
Kingdom. At their second meeting a week later, the 
group unanimously agreed to start Northside Baptist 
Mission, which would meet on Sunday mornings at 
the upholstery shop. 

On March 9, 1975, the mission rented the old 
Naval Reserve building on Highway 1 8 north. The 
group remodeled the open building to accommodate 
the needs of the mission and it became the mission's 
home for the next five years. 

On April 9, 1975, the mission voted to come 
under the watchcare of First Baptist Church of Shelby. 

The mission used speakers from Gardner-Webb 
College until June 5 , 1 975 . On that date, Mr. Allen Lee 
Davis, a ministerial student at the college, was called to 
serve as interim pastor. 

On September 21, 1975, the mission voted to 
purchase a 5 . 5 acre tract of land at the corner of Scenic 
Drive and Highway 1 8 north. 

On October 2,1975, the mission voted to 
become a church. On October 22, the Kings 



Mountain Baptist Association voted to receive 
Northside as a recognized member under the 
watchcare of the Association for one year. At the end of 
that year it became a full-fledged church and member 
of the Association. 

The church called Rev. Jessie Yarborough on 
November 28, 1976, to serve as its first full-time 
pastor. Rev, Stanley Webb was called on August 27, 
1978, to serve as pastor. Under Rev. Webb's 
leadership, the church grew and became a very 
important part of the entire northern end of Shelby 
and Cleveland County. 

In the summer of 1979, Northside Baptist 
Church built its first building on the 5.5 acre tract 
purchased in 1975. This building includes Sunday 
School classrooms and a worship area. 

On August 7, 1988, the church voted to build 
additional Sunday School space and a fellowship area. 
The new addition was completed in the spring of 1 989. 

The church continues to grow and hopes to build 
a larger sanctuary in the near future. It is prayerfully 
seeking God's guidance in its ministry and service to 
the community. 

In the fall of 1 997, Northside started an expansion 
of their first building. They enlarged the sanctuary and 
choir space, as well as, enlarged the opposite end of the 
building to be used as a nursery suite. The church 
expansion was completed at the end of May 1998. 

Rev. Neal Efird was called as pastor February 1999. 



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Oak 

Grove 

Baptist 

Church 

Oak 
Grove Baptist 
Church was 
organized in 
September 
1897. Prior 
organization services were held in the Putnam School 
House, which was located approximately 300 yards 
southeast of the present church building. Services were 
also held under an old fashioned "brush arbor" near the 
school house. There were thirty charter members. 

Thomas Lovelace, Sr. , is said to have donated the 
original site consisting of about two acres of land. This 
land is our current cemetery. On September 1 3 , 
1938, the church voted to buy the Oak Grove School 
House and grounds of approximately two acres. This 
land and building became available when the Oak 
Grove School consolidated with the Beth ware School. 
In 1 957, the church voted to purchase 6.7 acres of land 
adjacent to the cemetery. On December 17, 1974, 
Mr. Crawford Lovelace deeded three-tenths of an acre 
of land to the church.. The church purchased 13.9 
acres of land on April 4, 1976. 

The first church building was completed during 
the winter months after the church was organized in 
1897. It was a one-room frame structure. It stood on 
the opposite side of the highway on the grounds now 
being used for our cemetery space. In January 1924, a 
second church building was begun and completed in 
August of the same year. It was a white frame 
structure. The educational building was begun in April 
1 948 , and completed with the first service being held 
in the basement on March 20, 1949. In 1951, the 
"Lord's Acre Plan" was begun with proceeds from the 



sale of the second church building. The current 
sanctuary groundbreaking was held on April 5, 1953, 
and the first service was held in the sanctuary on 
October 4, 1953. The church voted to build a 
fellowship building on April 14, 1965. It was dedicated 
on October 27, 1968. 

Pastors of the church have been: Rev. James 
Crowell Blanton, Rev. R. Newton Hawkins, Rev. B. 
Monroe Bridges, Rev. W. M. Gold, Rev. J. R. Miller, 
Rev. A. C. Irvin, Rev. C. J. Black, Rev. W. Luther 
Hawkins, Rev. L. M. Canipe, Rev. C. C. Crow, Rev.T. 
W. Folgeman, Rev. Hoyle B. Alexander, Rev. James E. 
Holder, Rev. Russell L. Hinton, Rev. Michael 
Goudelock, Rev. Bruce Hancock, and Rev. Ron A. 
Caulder, present pastor. 

Church members who have been ordained to the 
ministry have been: Rev. William Arnold Bell, Dr. 
Ector Lee Hamrick, Rev. Richard Spencer, Rev. 
Donald Keith Horn, Dr. Eddie Grigg, Rev. Carroll 
Brackett, and Rev. Jimmy Black. 

On September 28, 1997, the church celebrated 
its 100th anniversary. Mr. Thomas Hinton, Rev. Bruce 
Hancock, and Rev. Ron Caulder gave the morning 
message. The cornerstone was opened, and a barbecue 
luncheon was served. The articles from the 
cornerstone are on display in the historical room. New 
articles were placed in the cornerstone. 



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Oak View 
Baptist 
Church 




arbor was built under a large oak tree on Highway 161. 
Rev. L. B. Turner and Rev. Carl Weaver scheduled a 
revival. A desire was born in the hearts of the people to 
organize a church. 

A council formed of eight Baptist churches: 
Macedonia; Bethlehem; Second Baptist, Kings 
Mountain; Mountain View; Crowders Mountain; 
Avondale Baptist, Spindale; and Camp Creek Baptist, 
Rutherfordton.They met and voted to organize a new 
Baptist church. 

The name " Oak View" was suggested and 
approved. Rev. L. B.Turner was the first pastor. By the 
end of the year membership had grown to 3 1 . A small 
plank building with a dirt floor was constructed. 
Boards were used to sit on for pews and sawdust was 
scattered on the ground . 

Rev. E. O. Gore was called as the second pastor. 
He came May 27, 1939. For many months he 
preached without a salary. In July 1939, Mr. John 
Plonk sold land to build the first church for the sum of 
$ 1 .00 with the stipulation that if the church failed the 
land would go back to Mr. Plonk. The first service was 
held in the new church Christmas Day 1939. 

In September 1950, Rev. Earl Oxford became 
pastor. On July 3,1955, the church voted to build a 
baptistry and more Sunday School rooms to the back of 
the church. After much work and prayer by the pastor 



and church the work was completed and Rev. Oxford 
was able to preach in the renovated pulpit. 

On February 6, 1972, the church discussed 
building a new church and selected a committee to 
work on this project. In 1 973, the church voted to buy 
1.10 acres of land from Mrs. John Spearman. On 
March 18, 1973, Mrs. John Spearman donated the lot 
for the new church in memory of Mr. John Spearman. 
Sunday, March 3, 1974, after the morning service, the 
groundbreaking service was held for the sanctuary and 
educational building. 

November 17, 1974, the first service was held in 
the new church and on December 1, 1974, a 
dedication service was held. August 14, 1983, the 
church debt was retired. 

August 25 , 1985, the church voted to build a new 
fellowship hall. On March 16, 1986, a dedication 
service was held in our new fellowship hall. On August 
9, 1992, homecoming Sunday, the note was burned in 
retirement of our fellowship hall debt. 

April 21,1 996, deacons presented a motion to the 
church to resurface the parking lot, cover the large 
windows in the sanctuary, cover the church with vinyl 
siding, and replace windows in the educational building. 

Former pastors include: Rev. L. B. Turner, Rev. 
E. O. Gore, Rev. Earl Oxford, Rev. Robbie Moore, and 
Rev. Ralph Sparrow. The present pastor, Rev. James 
"Jamie" Billings, began in September 2000. 



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Pathway Baptist 
Church 




On the first Sunday of March 1978, under the 
leadership of God and Rev. James Hamrick, a group of 
people met in a garage building at 3 1 00 Parkdale Circle, 
Kings Mountain. 

These people organized a mission which they 
chose and voted to call Pathway Baptist. They met and 
worshiped God under the watchcare of Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association for four years, until they 
were able to become a member of the Association. 

In 1983, Pathway voted to begin a building 
program, still on Parkdale Circle, on some land the 
church had purchased. 

The present assembly building was finished and 
they had their first service there in 1984. This was a 
joyous day. 

The pastor has constantly continued his schooling 
and strives to know more about God's Word and His 
will. He received his Doctorate Degree in 1993 from 
Emmanuel Baptist University. 

A fellowship hall was completed in 1993. 
Currently, they are beginning work on new 
classrooms. A new van was purchased this year. 

Six men have been ordained from Pathway. They 
now have four more men called into the ministry, with 
two of them already ordained. 



Patterson Grove 
Baptist Church 




Approximately two miles northwest of Kings 
Mountain, Patterson Grove Baptist Church was 
formally organized on November 15, 1884, having 
previously met in a brush arbor and in the Sandy Plains 
School building. Because there was another church by 
the name of Sandy Plains and because Patterson 
families deeded 4. 167 acres of their property on which 
to build a church, the name of Patterson Grove was 
selected. The church was organized with seventy-two 
members: sixty-two from Bethlehem, six from 
Capernaeum, and four from Pleasant Hill. 

The building erected the following year was one 
story, oblong, wood framed, and painted white. In 
1 924, this original building was jacked up and Sunday 
School classrooms were built underneath. A little 
remodeling was done to the second story and then it 
was brick veneered, making it usable until 1 966. A new 
educational building was erected in 1955-56 and ten 
years later a sanctuary was added. This is the facility we 
now occupy. Plans are in the making for a family life 
center to be erected west of the church building. 

Since 1976, Patterson Grove has financially 
supported a foreign missionary family. The first family 
was in the Dominican Republic, and the second family 
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Pastors who have served over the years are: P. R. 
Elam, C. R. Felmet, T. Bright, P. G. Hoffner, J. C. 
Blanton, A. H. Sims, J. C. Gillispie, R. N. Hawkins, I. 
D. Harrill, D. E. Vipperman, J. P. Miller, A. C. Irvin, 
J. O. Fulbright, W. 0. Johnson, J. Hoyle Love, G. P. 
Abernathy, John W. Suttle, W. A. Roberts, Grover C. 
Teague, John J. Thornburg, Fred F. Hicks, Richard E. 
Plyler, and Terry S. Bird. 



Patterson Springs 
Baptist Church 





Patterson 
Springs Baptist 
Church was 
constituted on 
October 18, 
1895, at the 
old Ellis 

Schoolhouse. 
The Reverend P. R. Elam was called as the first 
pastor of the church. Within two short years after its 
organization, the membership was able to build the 
first house of worship. In 1923, another church 
building was constructed, and in 1967, the current 
sanctuary was completed. A multi-purpose building 
was dedicated in 1986. To date, twenty-four pastors 
have served the church. 

Rev. Steve Waters, since 1991, has served as the 
pastor. Under his leadership, the church has continued 
to grow, focusing on evangelism and prayer. The 
weekly Sunday School average attendance is 287 and 
baptisms have totaled 429 in the past eight and one-half 
years. In October 1992, a Soul- Winning/ Outreach 



Visitation program was started and in December 
1999, a twenty-four hour "Upper Room" Prayer 
Ministry began. 

A few years ago, the church adopted the theme 
"Lighthouse for Jesus" (John 8:12) erecting a 24-foot 
lighthouse on the front lawn, and a 12 -foot lighthouse 
in the sanctuary. The white light in each lighthouse 
symbolizes the "light of Jesus Christ" and burns 
steadily. The red light burns each week that a soul has 
been led to Jesus Christ through the ministry. The red 
light has now burned 133 weeks out of the last 1 36. 
Praise the Lord! 



Peach Street Baptist Church 




Marcus C. Gold, 
Jr., Pastor 



Peach Street Baptist 
Church was founded in 
1950 as a mission project 
by Rev. Bray. Succeeding 
pastors took the mission 
from a small block building 
to its present day facility which includes a 1 20 seat 
sanctuary with baptistry, education hall, and adjoining 
fellowship hall. The church has space for five Sunday 
School classes for ages birth through senior adult. 

Peach Street Baptist Church has had nine pastors 
since being formed in 1950. They are: Rev. Tom W 
Bray, Rev. Lawrence Roberts, Rev. Eugene Passmore, 
Rev. Clyde Hamrick, Rev. Howard Cook, Rev. Mike 
Faulkner, Rev. Rochelle Ingle, and Rev. Mack Hyder. 
Rev. Marcus C. Gold, Jr., current pastor, was called 
November 1992. 



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Peoples 
Baptist 
Church 




People's Baptist Church, founded in 1 990 by John 
& Fonda Houze, had its beginning in September 1990. 
They had a Vision from God to start a ministry for 
Christ, where all people would be welcome to worship 
and praise God without prejudice or resentment. 

Our pastor was led to a pair of bi-racial families 
(Ash & Curry) in the Kings Mountain /Gr over area. 
After praying and talking with these families, God 
reinforced the vision that the time had come for a 
ministry where people could worship together as 
equals and worship without fear or rejection, but with 
praise and rejoicing. So on the first Sunday in October 
1990, at the Depot in Kings Mountain, "The People's 
Baptist Church" came into being. 

In December of 1990, Director of Missions, Cline 
Borders, came to the pastor and asked if the Association 
could be of assistance. Because of the uniqueness of the 
church, this was the first real out- stretched hand of 
friendship the church had experienced. After much 
prayer and dialogue with Cline, and then acting Director 
of Missions, Sam Synder, the church formally submitted 
an application in December to become part of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. Through this fellowship, 
we believe we have become one of the missing links for 
racial and denominational harmony. May God continue 
to help us grow in-love -for- one -another. 

Rev. John Houze still serves as the pastor. Church 
membership is 1 02 . 



Plainsview 
Baptist 
Church 


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William B. Ewing, 
Pastor 



As we moved into our original building on Easter 
Sunday 1948, we were debt-free. We had survived a 
cold winter in a tent at the bottom of the hill . 

Henry Bingham was kind enough to donate a 
piece of land for the original building. 

Organized under the leadership of Reverend 
Thomas D. Taylor, the church grew from its charter 
members of forty to eighty-four the first year. 

Baptisms for the first fifteen years of the church's 
life were held in Buffalo Creek 

In 1950, six Sunday School rooms were added 
behind the pulpit area. In 1955, the third building 
program was completed. 

From the church's tenth anniversary until the end 
of Reverend Thomas Taylor's second tenure as pastor, 
the church grew steadily until it reached a membership 
of 200. 

During Reverend Yates Green's years, Henry 
Bingham gave additional land for a cemetery. 
Additional land, from the Reverend Billy Ramseur, was 
purchased in 1 96 1 . 

During Reverend Charles Freeman's years, the 
church purchased the Walter Bingham home in 1 964 
and the home was used for classes and fellowship. The 
church building was remodeled to add a vestibule and 
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In 1968, an acre of land was purchased for a 
parsonage. Groundbreaking services were held in 
October 1969. Reverend Dean Coffey and his family 
moved into the parsonage the first week in January 
1 970. Our first parsonage was rented, which was the 
Henry Dixon home in Fallston. 

In 1 983, under the ministry of our current pastor, 
Reverend William B. Ewing, another building 
program was begun. A new sanctuary, nursery, 
additional bathrooms, and a pastor's study were 
completed and we observed dedication services in 
June 1984. 

We praise God for the growth we are 
experiencing in our church today. To God be the Glory 
for the things He has done! 

Former pastors that have served Plains View 
Baptist Church since its organization in 1947: Rev. 
Thomas D.Taylor, Rev. Roy Walker, Rev. Yates Green, 
Rev. Max Pendelton, Rev. Charles (Buddy) Freeman, 
Rev. Dean Coffey, Rev. Perry Jones, Rev. Randall 
Runion, Rev. GaryYouell, and Rev. William B. Ewing. 

Pleasant Grove 
Baptist Church 




Pleasant Grove Baptist Church began in the 
summer of 1 877 when a brush arbor revival was held. It 
was constituted as a church on October 11,1 878, with 
ninety-eight members: fifty-two coming from New 
Bethel, and forty-seven from New Prospect Baptist 



Church. In 1878, the first pastor, Rev. J. P. Styres, was 
called. A Sunday School was organized in 1879, and the 
church was admitted to the Kings Mountain Association 
in 1880. The earliest recorded date for Pleasant Grove 
being represented at the Southern Baptist Convention 
was in 1919. 

After the church was organized, Allen Hamrick 
donated four and three-fourths acres of land and other 
members gave lumber and many hours of labor. The 
new building was dedicated to the service of our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ. The church was named 
Pleasant Grove because of its location in a grove of 
trees. In 1907, the sanctuary was enlarged, and in 
1937, the church was remodeled. In 1956, an 
educational building was built, and in 1 965, the church 
underwent an extensive building program. 

We are extremely proud of the ten men who have 
accepted the call to go into full-time Christian service. 
We have also had one pastor and his wife, who were 
appointed as foreign missionaries to Germany. Many 
capable and distinguished pastors, interim pastors, and 
ministers of music have served Pleasant Grove over the 
years. The lay people also are to be commended for the 
dedicated service from the very beginning to the 
present generation. 

Pleasant Grove is a rural church, being located 
approximately eight miles from Shelby, North Carolina, 
on Highway 1 8 north. Current membership is 368 with 
284 being resident members. Rev. Russell Fitts, came 
to us in April 1 996 and retired the end of January 2001 . 
Mr. Stephen Sain is serving as minister of music. 

May we be so challenged, by our great history and 
the work that is before us, that we will dedicate 
ourselves anew to God and the carrying on of His 
Great Commission. 



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Zoar Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina, 
extended an arm to the Pleasant Hill community, and 
on February 7, 1851, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church was 
constituted with twenty-nine charter members. Elder 
George W. Rollins was the first pastor, serving from 
1851-1855. 

Pleasant Hill was one of the fourteen churches to 
request dismissal from the Broad River Baptist 
Association to form the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association. This body held its first meeting on 
November 7, 1851. 

Pleasant Hill is the mother church to three local 
congregations. In "The Saints at Elizabeth: Their First 
One Hundred Years," it is documented that Pleasant 
Hill, often called the mother church of Elizabeth, 
granted letters to those who united with the church. 
In 1946, under the leadership of Pastor Lawrence 
Roberts and members of Pleasant Hill, prayer 
meetings were held in the homes of people beyond 
Beason's Creek. In September 1946, Allen Memorial 
Baptist Church was constituted. Pleasant Hill then 
reached out toward Shelby, and in October 1949, 
Putnam Memorial Baptist Church was organized. 

Rev. Todd Bolin is the present pastor. Church 
membership is 325. 



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Pleasant Ridge 
Baptist Church 




With a membership of twenty-six males and 
twenty-nine females, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church 
was accepted as a member of the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association in September 1915. All charter 
members are now deceased. Prior to the organization 
of our church in 1 9 1 5 , a Sunday School was held in the 
old Pleasant Ridge School building. Mr. P. C. Blanton, 
then a member of the Beaver Dam Baptist Church, was 
in charge of the Sunday School. 

The first building was erected in the fall of 1915 
on a tract of land formerly owned by the L. A. 
McSwain family. It was a white wooden building. 

The Rev. B. M. Bridges was called to serve as the 
first pastor of this new church and served until 1921. 
The church experienced rapid growth under his 
leadership, with many people being baptized in what 
was called "The Old Billy Hole." The first building 
seemed quite adequate for the community until 1 95 1 . 
Later a cement pool, to baptize, was built in the church 
yard and was used until a new brick building was 
erected with an indoor pool in 1952. Rev.W. G. Camp 
served as pastor on two separate occasions from 1929- 
1 939 and 1 946- 1 954. Rev. Jesse Blalock served 1 940- 
1945, and was the first full-time pastor. Under his 
leadership an educational annex was added. In 1952, a 
new brick building was completed which consisted of 
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year, a Thanksgiving service was held in the new 
building . The first church was torn down a short time 
later. The large bell in the top of the first building is 
now located behind the present building. 

In December 1957, the church building was 
totally destroyed by fire. For twenty-three months 
services were held at the Lattimore School building . In 
November 1959, the present plant was ready for 
regular services. 

Rev. Albert Hastings served 1954-1957. Under 
his leadership, the church erected a beautiful two-story 
parsonage. The church led the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association in baptisms. Rev. James Stamey served 
1957-1967. Rev. Max Evington served 1967- 1974. 
During this period the church paved the driveway and 
parking area and purchased property to expand the 
cemetery. Rev. Paul West served 1975-1979. Rev. Joel 
Jenkins served 1979-1983. Under his leadership, the 
church erected a Family Life building, consisting of a 
gym and fellowship area. Rev. Robert (Bob) Cline, Jr., 
served 1 98 3- 1 987. Rev. Terry Cagle began in 1 988 and 
is still serving. Rev. and Mrs. Cagle wanted to purchase 
their own home, so in 1993, the church voted to use 
our parsonage as a home for furloughing missionaries. 

We have some wonderful people serving on our 
ministerial staff: Rev. Terry Cagle, pastor; Rev. Andy 
Oliver, minister of education and associate pastor; Mr. 
Steve Austin, minister of music; and Rev. Sandra 
Fambrough, minister of youth/ children . We have a 
growing membership of 635 and are continuing in 
serving God by spreading the Gospel, as we go on 
mission trips to different places and minister to people 
in Cleveland County and around the world. 

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Polkville Baptist Church 

In many 

respects, Polkville 

Baptist Church is a 

young church, 

established a mere 

fifty -eight years 

ago. However, the 

programs offered 

and the diverse 

organization prove 

that maturity has 

come fast for the 

congregation. At present, 

the total membership is 

approximately 618 with an 

average attendance of 270. 

In May 1 940, a survey 
was made of the Polkville 
Community, which resulted in the establishment of a 
Sunday School meeting at Polkville High School. On 
July 28, 1940, Polkville Baptist Church was officially 
constituted. There were seventy-one charter 
members who came from Big Springs, Double 
Shoals, Double Springs, Sandy Plains, Union, and 
Zion Baptist churches. 

In October of that year, land was purchased and 
construction of a sanctuary started. The original 
building was dedicated in January 1950. In 1960, an 
education building was constructed; in 1963, a 
parsonage; and in 1976, the current sanctuary was 
erected and the original building demolished. On 
Memorial Day 1982, the church used its Family Life 
Center for the first time and has since added a tennis 
court, picnic shelter, and playground. 

A new 15,000 square foot education complex 
was dedicated in February 1994. In November 1994, 
this building was named for the pastor, Rev. Alton 
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This facility is the first part of a five-phase growth plan 
adopted by the church under the leadership of a 
growth study committee elected in August 1989. 

The church's program organizations are strong 
and active, growing and changing over the years to 
better serve and train their members. 

Rev. Alton Martin has served the church as pastor 
since November 1974 and Rev. Rick Hamrick, has 
served as minister of youth and education since 
November 1986. 

As the church continues to stretch its wings and 
search for new ways to reach out and minister, it is 
good to say that at Polkville Baptist Church, THERE'S 
A PLACE FOR YOU! 

Pastors who have served our church include: 
Rev. D. F. Putnam, Rev. W. A. Roberts, Rev. W. P. 
Bigger staff , Rev. W. V. Tarlton, Rev. Frank Lattimore, 
Rev. Paul C. Ross, Rev. Kenneth Gibson, Rev. 
Raymond Crook, Rev. Kenneth Lambert, and Rev. 
Alton Martin, present pastor. 



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Poplar Springs 
Baptist Church 




A group of Baptist brethren requested that 
deacons and pastors from a number of churches meet 
with them at Shanghai School for the purpose of 
organizing a church. After several meetings the church 
was formally organized on Wednesday, September 2 1 , 



1898. There were forty-five charter members coming 
from five churches. The small presbytery composed of 
ten men from five churches and four ministers 
declared her a constituted church. The Reverend 
Landrum C. Ezell was elected pastor by acclamation. 

Land for the building and cemetery plot was 
given by Paxton Davis and heirs. Robert Hamrick and 
wife gave the church additional land. With Burl 
Blanton serving as foreman, the men of the church 
built the wooden structure. The first services were 
held in the church building August 1899. 

The name Poplar Springs Baptist Church was 
chosen because of the large poplar trees and the springs 
on the property. 

In 1929, under the leadership of Reverend D. 
Frank Putnam, the church erected a modern brick 
building which included a sanctuary and basement. 
The basement, which is still in use today, was for 
classrooms and a kitchen. This building was paid for 
during Reverend Rush Padgett's tenure and was 
dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1934. 

A sexton's home was built on the church grounds 
in 1947. Upon completion of the work on the house 
it was debt-free. 

A church library was begun in 1951. An 
educational plant was constructed and completed in 
March of 1954. The two-story educational plant was 
occupied the second Sunday in April 1954. 

The church began its full-time program the first 
Sunday in March 1954, with Reverend W P. Hall, Jr., 
serving as pastor. On January 29, 1956, the church 
voted to build a pastorium. 

Reverend J. Edgar Bishop served as pastor from 
1962-1972. During his tenure we constructed a two- 
story building to house the sanctuary, recreation 
facilities, pastor's study, offices, and classrooms. This 
building was completed in May 1970. 

Dr. Clyde D. Chapman began his ministry at Poplar 
Springs on June 3, 1973. Under Dr. Chapman's 
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time music/youth director. October 28, 1973, we 
celebrated our 75th anniversary. 

Dr. James B. Richardson is the 20th pastor of 
Poplar Springs and he began his ministry in July 1986. 
During his eleven years of service he has been known 
for his personal visitation and evangelism to the 
members and the community. 

Other ministerial staff includes Rev. Clyde 
Buckner, minister of music /youth. 

January 1998 marked the beginning of our 
Centennial year. Sunday, May 10, 1998, our 
congregation approved building a Family Life Center. 
A dedication service and open house was held 
September 2000. 

These are indeed exciting days at Poplar Springs 
and we will always GIVE GOD THE GLORY! 



Providence 
Baptist Church 




The need for a church in the St. Luke's Church 
Road /Mary's Grove Church Road in Kings Mountain 
was the vision of Rev. Dan Silver, who is now deceased. 
Don lived in this area and saw the beginning of a multi- 
housing community. He shared the vision with leaders 
of Kings Mountain Baptist Association and local 
pastors. As more and more homes came to the area, 
Rev. Silver continued to share his vision until people 
began to take it seriously. 

In the fall of 1997, a church growth /church 
planning class from Gardner-Webb University Divinity 
School conducted a survey of the homes in the area and 
determined the need for a church. Ms. Pam Munpo, 



Church Planter Strategist of the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina, began working with 
the Kings Mountain Baptist Association to start a 
church in the area. 

On April 27, 1 998, the Association voted to begin 
a new work in the Mary's Grove Church Road /St. 
Luke Church Road area. Rev. Billy Ritch, a student at 
Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, was contracted as 
Church Planter Intern by the Baptist State Convention 
of North Carolina. 

In November of 1998, 4.22 acres of land was 
purchased on St. Luke's Church Road by Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association and a mobile chapel was 
placed on the property January 1999. The first 
worship service on the property was held on Easter 
Sunday in 1999. 

In January of 1999, Rev. Billy Ritch became 
pastor of the new church, Providence Baptist Church. 
The church is sponsored financially by several churches 
in Kings Mountain Baptist Association — Bethlehem 
Baptist; First Baptist, Kings Mountain; Kings Mountain 
Baptist; and Oak Grove Baptist. The Association also 
provides support. 

Providence Baptist Church continues to grow 
through worship, Bible studies, outreach, children's 
ministry, youth ministry, and music ministry. 

Rev. Dan Silver's vision for the church became a 
reality in April of 1 998, when Billy Ritch began working 
in the community — the week after Rev. Silver died. 

Rev. Billy Ritch served Providence Baptist 
Church faithfully and sacrificially until his sudden death 
on January 27, 2001 . 

Rev. David McAnelly serves as church planter, 
effective May 1, 2001. 



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Putnam 

Memorial 

Baptist 

Church 




Putnam Memorial Baptist Church began June 
1949, when the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, 
under the leadership of Missionary Lewis E. Ludlum, 
established a mission by placing a tent in the grove of 
trees located on the corner of Earl and County Home 
roads, just below the present church. First a revival 
meeting was held, then a Vacation Bible School was 
conducted, and soon a Sunday School was established. 
This tent became the first church home when on 
October 16, 1949, a Baptist church was organized with 
nineteen charter members. For the next six months 
those joining the church were counted as charter 
members, bringing the total number to twenty-nine. 
The church was named Putnam Memorial in memory of 
Reverend D. F. Putnam, and was received into the full 
fellowship of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association at 
the October 20, 1949, annual meeting. Reverend 
Ludlum served as interim pastor from October 1949, 
until January 1950, when Reverend Lawrence Roberts 
became part-time pastor, dividing his pastoral duties 
between Putnam Memorial and Pleasant Hill Baptist 



churches. Reverend Roberts accepted the call as full- 
time pastor of the church in April 1953. 

A lot on County Home Road was purchased and 
construction on a building began. The second church 
home, consisting of one large room with a sand floor, 
was completed within a month. The members met for 
the first service on December 18, 1949. 

On June 29, 1952, a new structure was built. This 
was the beginning of the third and present church home. 
In the spring of 1964, a seven room pastorium, with a 
full basement, was built. In March 1973, a sanctuary 
was erected. In the winter of 1988, the congregation 
enlarged the sanctuary, renovated the educational 
building, and built a Family Life Center, holding the 
dedication service for the new and renovated facilities on 
January 22, 1989. 

Pastors of the church have been the Reverends 
Lawrence Roberts, Joe T. Whitworth, Richard N. 
Spencer, George W. Dowd, Harold L. Threatt, Johnny 
M. Bridges, Larry A. Morris, and T Bryan Glisson, 
present pastor. 

The following men have been ordained into the 
gospel ministry by Putnam Memorial Baptist Church: 
William P. Shytle, E. Eugene Passmore, Danny Bright, 
T. Bryan Glisson, and A. Mark Canipe. 

Reverend Larry A. Morris resigned, September 
27, 1998 on his seventeenth anniversary as minister. 
On December 13, 1998, Reverend T. Bryan Glisson 
was called as pastor. On Sunday, February 7, 1999, 
Reverend A. Mark Canipe was called as associate 
pastor and music director. On March 19, 2000, Rev. 
Neil Perry was called as minister to students. 

As time marches on Putnam Memorial Baptist 
Church continues to make history. May the 
congregation, through prayer, permit God to use them 
to reach to unchurched in this community for Him and 
for this. His church. 



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Ross Grove 
Baptist Church 




In August 1878, a revival meeting conducted by 
J. P. Styers, was held in a brush arbor near where the 
present building now stands. The brush arbor meeting 
resulted in the organization of a Sunday School in the 
spring of 1879, which met in a log barn. The Ross 
Grove School was a one room building equipped with 
benches made of split logs and a long writing table. 

In 1880 the Sunday School was still being well 
attended and promoters began discussing a Sunday School 
house. Abel Hardin and wife, Lettie Hardin, offered to 
donate a site of fifteen acres. The offer was accepted and 
the grove, now called Ross Grove, was named for Lettie 
Ross Hardin. A building committee met and decided to 
build a one room building. The Sunday School building 
was completed in the spring of 1 88 1 . 

By request of the brethren of Ross Grove, a 
meeting was held September 30, 1881, at the new 
building for the purpose of organizing a church. The 
temporary organization was made permanent and 
there were twenty-six charter members. 

On March 4, 1904, the church in conference 
instructed Joe E. Blanton, Sr., to begin taking 
subscriptions for a new church building, and the first 
service held in it was Sunday School, August 11, 1905. 
The first preaching service was held August 16, 1 905 , on 
Friday. The formal dedication of the building came May 
27, 1908. Sunday School rooms were added in 1935. 



The church was completely remodeled in 1943, 
with new pews, matching paneling and pulpit 
furniture, a baptistry, two Sunday School rooms on the 
third floor, and stained glass windows. The fellowship 
building was built in 1952, and the parsonage was 
completed in December 1956. 

The church voted July 16, 1 961 , to begin plans for 
a new church building. Ross Grove Baptist Church was 
moved from its original site in the grove to Highway 1 8 
north. The education facility was completed in 1969. 

In August, 1984, Rev. Gregory Thornton was 
called as pastor. 

On August 11, 1985, a groundbreaking service was 
held for a sanctuary. The new sanctuary has a seating 
capacity of 420 and the addition includes offices for the 
pastor, secretary, and the youth and children's director, a 
bridal room, choir room, sound room, and baptistry. The 
vestibule contains, on the wall, the original stained glass 
plaque from the old church, dated 1881. The stained 
glass window depicting Jesus as the "Good Shepherd" was 
moved from the old church and placed behind the 
baptistry in the new sanctuary. The sanctuary was 
dedicated on October 19, 1986. The glorious miracle of 
a debt free building was a reality! 

Our present pastor, Rev. Gene Daggerhart, 
was called June 20, 1993. On February 19, 1997, 
the church voted to remodel and enlarge the 
kitchen in the parsonage. 



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Chancey Grigg farm. It is believed that our first pastor, 
Rev. Dove Pennell, conducted the meetings. A liquor 
issue divided the group. Those withdrawing formed 
Sandy Plains. 

The church was constituted on March 24, 1854, 
at New House, North Carolina, with twelve males and 
fifteen females as charter members. The church 
became a member of the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association that year. In 1856, Zion Hill Church 
petitioned to unite with Sandy Plains; they were later 
received into fellowship. 

Services were held on a monthly basis in the one- 
room log structure. Occasionally, a minister was not 
available and preaching was not held. Discipline was 
very strong; any members not in regular attendance or 
violating any church rule were dismissed. A church 
mission program was organized in 1871. As the 
church grew, so did the missions and other programs. 

The original structure was replaced in 1877, and 
the present structure was built in 1912. Sunday School 
rooms were added in 1924. In 1938, the third floor 
was added, the church brick veneered, and new pews 



were purchased. In 1 952 , a hut was built for use by the 
Boy Scouts and other church groups. Remodeling the 
sanctuary in 1946 was the big project of the year, and 
in 1956, a modern education building was built. A 
pastorium was built in 1966. In 1976, the sanctuarv 
was again remodeled, including the building of a 
vestibule. In June 1985, plans were approved for 
cemetery expansion, and for an athletic complex 
consisting of a softball field, tennis and multi-purpose 
court, walking trails, campgrounds, and a children's 
play area. The cemetery is completed, and the athletic 
facilities are being enjoyed by our community. In 
1987-88, the hut was expanded, a new storage 
building was built, and our barbecue pit was extended. 
These changes were made in order to accommodate 
the more than four thousand people served at our 
annual fall barbecue. Again, 1989 was a year of 
progress. A new pulpit extension, baptistry, and choir 
loft were built. The first and second floors of the old 
education building were remodeled, and work was 
completed on the basement area. 

We are proud of our 145 year heritage. May we 
be reminded of the untiring and devoted efforts of our 
predecessors who left our rich heritage. Let us work, 
dream, plan, and pray that future generations will 
prevail for the glory of God. 

Dr. Don McSwain serves as the current pastor. 
Church membership is 389. 



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Shelby, First Baptist Church 




On June 19,1847, 
the church was 
organized under the 
leadership of Rev. 
James M. Webb and 
Rev. Drury Dobbins. 

The two men alternated in conducting services. Rev. 
Webb served as the first pastor of the church. 

The church was launched with twenty-five 
charter members. The first complete list of members 
in 1871 shows a total of seventy-nine members. 

The church joined the Broad River Association 
in 1847, but changed to the Kings Mountain 
Association. Harmony did not always prevail but 
the Association grew. 

In January of 1 872, it was recommended that each 
member pay twenty cents to state missions, and actually 
a list was kept of who did or did not pay. Through those 
early years, it was the church policy that fifty percent of 
the church proceeds should go to missions. While that 
is not currently a policy, the church has remained 
missions minded throughout its history. 

During its early history, the church did have a few 
slave members who sat in the balcony of the church. 



The first church building was a small wooden 
structure, painted white, with a seating capacity of two 
hundred. The second building was completed in 1 889. 
The third building was erected in 1910-11. Also, new 
buildings have included the educational building, the 
building which houses the Webb Chapel, the Dover 
Activities Building, and Boy Scout Building. 

Miss Attie Bostick, G. P. Bostick, and Wade 
Bostick were among the earliest missionaries to go out 
from this congregation. Together they served a total of 
1 10 years as missionaries to China. 

The Rev. Amzi Clarence Dixon, a boyhood church 
member here, became one of the greatest preachers of 
his time. During his time he held a revival in Clay 
County resulting in only one convert, but that convert 
was George W Truett, one of the greatest Baptist 
preachers of all times. 

Among the pastors who have served the most years 
was Dr. Zeno Wall, twenty-two years; and Dr. Gene L. 
Watterson, twenty-six and one-half years. The Shelby 
First Baptists have served the Association and state 
convention in outstanding leadership roles. 

Music has been a vital part of church activities. E. 
A. Ruppe was the first minister of music to be followed 
by Harry M. Pippin. These men set up a fine heritage 
for excellent music to inspire throughout the years. 

To maintain solid religious education and a 
comprehensive Sunday School have been earnest aims 
throughout the many years. Naturally, Women's 
Missionary Union and the Brotherhood have been 
active components of the church. Scouting, senior 
adult functions, and recreation also are a part of the 
active program. 

Women have been active in the role of deacon for a 
number of years, dating back to 1921. The first woman 
to be elected chairman of the Deacon Board was Rebecca 
H. Hamrick, who served in that capacity in 1995. 



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Jerry Lail, Pastor 



On October 18, 
1908, a small group of 
Christians met to 
discuss the feasibility of 
organizing a south 
Shelby Baptist church. 

A motion was made to form the church and a call given 
for members. During the early struggles of the new 
church, Mr. John R. Dover, who had just organized the 
Ella Mill in South Shelby, became involved. Not only 
did he put personal resources into the church, he 
served as superintendent of the Sunday School for six 
years. Mr. Dover purchased the lot and donated the 
property for the church. Our first building was erected 
in 1909, and formally named Second Baptist Church. 

Over the years, and under the various ministers, 
Second Baptist has served the Lord and the city of 
Shelby faithfully. On many occasions the Sunday 
School membership soared to over 500. 

In 1934, a new church was organized in west 
Shelby, and Second Baptist granted letters to about 
forty members to unite with the newly organized 
Calvary Baptist Church. 

In September 1940, about 160 members of 
Second Baptist called for their letters and organized 
Bethel Baptist Church. Rev. Matheney, the pastor at 
Second Baptist, went with them to serve as Bethel's 
first pastor. 

In 1955, Second Baptist purchased the land at 
their present location, 1114 South Lafayette Street. 
The first phase was completed and placed in use in 
early 1960. Thirteen years later, under the direction of 



Rev. Roy Taylor, Second Baptist voted to begin work on 
a new sanctuary. The first service in the new sanctuary 
was held on Sunday, April 4, 1976. The auditorium 
which seated 500 was filled. 

Over the years, Second Baptist has been a strong 
witness in our town. Many have come to the loving 
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through the efforts 
of the pastors and membership. Many individuals have 
served Shelby Second Baptist faithfully over the years. 
We at Second Baptist are eternally grateful to our 
Heavenly Father for all who have come through our 
doors. We look eagerly and enthusiastically to the 
future years, with the hope and faith that we can 
continue to be fruitful for our Lord. 

Dr. Jerry Lail began as pastor on January 2, 2001 . 

Temple Baptist Church 



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Baptist Church goes back to March 4, 1 945 , in the home 

of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Huffstetler at 307 Walker Street. 

D.F. Putnam was the first pastor and served until 
his death on September 14, 1947. 

The church was accepted into the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association on October 25, 1 945 . Construction 
of the first building began in early 1946, and the first 
service was held in the new building; on July 21,1 946. 
On August 29, 1948, the first service was held in the 
sanctuary by the pastor, Rev. Frank Monroe. 



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The third addition, an educational building, was 
built in 1959, with Jack Weaver as pastor. In October 
1970, the fourth and largest building program began 
and was completed in August 1971, with Frank Shirley 
as pastor. 

From the very start, Temple has been a Southern 
Baptist Church with a strong emphasis on missions. In 
1962, Lewis McGaha led the church to adopt two 
foreign missionaries. 

Because of God's rich blessings upon Temple, 
many have begun a Christian life under this ministry. 
Thousands of dollars have been sent to our mission 
fields and scores of Kings Mountain families have been 
helped. No one can deny that Temple's fifty years have 
been filled with color, excitement, blessings, and 
challenges. Much has been accomplished for the glory 
of God, but Temple's job is not finished yet. We still 
need to dream the dream. Just as Temple began from 
a dream of its charter members, we need to make our 
dreams come true, too. 

Former pastors include D.F. Putnam, Frank 
Monroe, David Morris, Harvey McElory, Jack Weaver, 
R.L. McGaha, Frank Shirley, Robert Austin, Gerry 
Davis, Jesse Johnson, and Gene Hardin. The present 
pastor is Robert Haynes. The church membership is 
311. 



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Trinity 
Baptist 
Church 




Trinity Baptist Church was organized on October 
5, 1912. Services had been held for some time 
previous to this event in the local schoolhouse that was 
to house this congregation until the third Sunday in 
March 1913, when the first church building was 
completed and the congregation held its first service in 
their own building. 

Plans for this building were formed when a group 
of men of the church met December 31, 1 9 1 3 , in the 
field adjacent to the schoolhouse and held a prayer 
meeting at an old pine tree that had been selected as 
the site of the future church building. The church 
members began cutting trees for the lumber for this 
building on January 5 , 1913. 

Lack of church records have left the early history 
of the church rather vague. Records after 1917 show 
the work of the church progressed normally for a 
number of years. 

On January 18, 1948, the church voted to buy 
property and build a pastorium. Building expansion 
continued over the years. The church voted to build a 
one-story educational plant on June 3, 1953. This 
work was completed and open house was held on 
March 16, 1959. On January 7, 1967, work was 
begun on a new sanctuary. The building was 



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completed and open house was held on November 24, 
1968. On April 12, 1970, the church voted to 
purchase the house and lot joining the church 
property. This was the site of the old school where the 
church had her start. The building of an adult 
education building was approved on October 7, 1973. 
The old church building was removed in October 
1974. The building of a new fellowship building was 
approved on June 3, 1984. 

Former pastors: Rev. J.J. Lowery, Rev. B. M. 
Bridges, Rev. A. C. Irvin, Rev. W. T. Tate, Rev. Charles 
H. Stephens, Rev. CM. Rollins, Rev. M. M. Huntley, 
Rev. C. W. Walker, Rev. J. Edgar Bishop, Rev. James 
McAllister, Rev. Raymond Crow, Rev. J. Marvin 
Simpson, Rev. Arthur Collum, Dr. Ken Klingler, Rev. 
Michael Frazier, and present pastor, Dr. David Irish, 
who has served since July 2000. 

Church membership is 42 3 . 

Union Baptist Church 

Union 
Baptist 
Church, 3800 
P o 1 k v i 1 1 e 
Road, Shelby 
was organized 
September 22, 
1885, with 
twenty - six 
charter members. Two 
days later, it became the 
40th member of Kings 
Mountain Baptist 

Association at the 35th 
annual meeting. Union has maintained a steadfast 
relationship with the Association. 



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Reverend R. Newton Hawkins was founder and 
first pastor (1885-1891). The current pastor is 
Reverend Michael Shumate (1993 to present). Twenty- 
one men have been pastors at Union. 

About the turn of the century, deacons began 
praying that men would be called from the congregation 
to be pastors. Incomplete records show nine men have 
been licensed or ordained for the ministry. Currently, 
four are church pastors: Marvin Greene, Phate 
McSwain, Chris Masters and Alex Heafner. 

In 1887, two acres of land were donated by 
Marcus and Mattie Mauney for the first church building 
and cemetery. The last land was purchased in 1967. 

In 1 14 years, the church has had three houses of 
worship, a recreation building called the hut, and two 
parsonages. The first church was a one room frame 
structure replaced in 1914 by another frame structure. 
An addition for classrooms was built in 1922. 

The present house of worship is a modern brick 
structure built in 1942-43. It was built on cash bases 
with church and community members doing most of 
the work. An enlarged education plant with extensive 
renovation on the main floor and a new basement with 
meeting room and kitchen was completed in 1980. 
The last major improvement was renovation of the 
sanctuary in 1984. Currently, a committee is studying 
space needs and a building fund has been established. A 
children's playground was built in 1 998 . 

Reverend C.C. Crowe was the first occupant of the 
new parsonage built in 1946. In 1975 it was damaged 
by fire and replaced with a modern brick house. 

The 1889, Union's report to Kings Mountain 
Association showed eleven officers and teachers and 
seventy-five scholars in Sunday School. John William 
Rudasill, Sr. is beginning his 35 th year as 
superintendent. The fellowship visitation ministry is 
very successful. 

In 1886, the church pledged $1.00 to Home and 
Indian Missions. In 1997 the dollar contributions to 



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missions was almost $20,000.00. At all times, the 
church is involved in one or more mission projects. 
Brotherhood was organized in the 1954-55 church year. 
For seventy-five years there has been WMU at Union. 
Mrs. A. D. Harris initiated the organization of WMU in 
1923 and gave steadfast leadership for sixty years. In 
1982, WMU established a Lottie Harris Mission 
Education Scholarship. 

In 1947, under the leadership of Reverend C. C. 
Crowe, Union introduced Vacation Bible School to 
upper Cleveland County. The enrollment was 125. In 
1997, Reverend Michael Shumate arranged for 
children from two day care centers to be a part ofVBS. 
Total enrollment exceeded 100. 



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Victory Baptist 
Church 




In 1947, 
Mr. Carl O. 
Buckner and 
men in the 
community erected a tent which was located 
approximately 350 feet southwest of the present site of 
Victory Baptist Church. The purpose of the tent was 
for revival services. Rev. Charlie Pickney Conner was 
the minister who preached at the services, which were 
held for several months, even during the winter. The 
congregation of approximately forty people grew and 
became known as Gospel Tabernacle. 

Land for a church building was donated by Mr. 
and Mrs. Charles O. Buckner. Mr. Buckner drove for 
miles in the area to bring folks to the worship services. 



Gospel Tabernacle sold their church building and 
property to Victory Missionary Baptist Church on 
October 27, 1948. The church had been in the 
planning stages of joining the Kings Mountain Baptist 
Association throughout 1948. No records pertaining 
to the actual month or day that the church was 
considered "organized" into a Baptist church have been 
found. Since there were members already involved in 
the work of Gospel Tabernacle who stayed, when the 
church became a Southern Baptist Church, there are 
no listed "charter members." Victory had twenty-three 
members who joined by letter, statement, or baptism 
from Gospel Tabernacle Church. 

The name of the church was not changed legally 
to its present name until May 1954, at which time the 
trustees had the deed and name changed from Gospel 
Tabernacle and Victory Missionary Baptist Church to 
Victory Baptist Church. 

The land on which Victory Baptist Church now 
rests was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Weir 
on June 1 , 1954. The paid amount for the property is 
listed as a gift of $1.00. 

Victory Baptist Church has had fifteen pastors to 
serve her including the present pastor, Rev. Dennis 
Wells, who began October 12, 1993. Victory Baptist 
Church's theme is Great is Thy Faithfulness. 



Waco 
Baptist 
Church 

"The Church at 
Capernaum were 
constituted the 9th 
day of July, 1 842 by 
Elders D. Dobbins 
and R. P. Logan," 
according to an 
inscription on the 




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inside cover ofWaco Baptist's first minute book. Drury 
Dobbins became the first pastor. The church was located 
just off the National Post Road (from Baltimore to New 
Orleans) at the site of Capernaum Cemetery. 

Capernaum (Waco) Baptist was originally a part 
of the Broad River Association of SC, but in 1871 
joined the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

Removal of the population to the Waco 
community at the railroad track led Capernaum 
Baptist to decide on July 19, 1884, to build a new- 
church at Waco. The annual letter to the Association 
was submitted under the name Capernaum Baptist 
until 1888 when the name Waco Baptist began to be 
used without any official name change. 

Royce Ballew, a Texan, was called as pastor from 
San Juan, Puerto Rico, and began his ministry July 3, 
1977. In July 2000, Rev. Ballew retired and returned 
to Texas. 



Wallace Grove 
Baptist Church 




Grove Baptist Church was donated by Mr. Lee Wallace. 
The first church was probably begun in the early 
1920s. The first pastor was Rev. Charlie Padgett. The 
first church burned in the 1920s. 

The present church was organized in 1929 and 
was rebuilt in 1930 with Rev. O.R. Flack as pastor. 

Former pastors include Rev. Charlie Padgett, 
Rev. O.R. Flack, Rev. Dewey Newton, Rev. Johnny 
Smart, Rev. Chris Smart, Rev. Wallace (first name not 



listed), Rev. Floyd Hollar, Rev. Leroy Jones, Rev. Alfred 
Edney, Rev. Andy Meade, Rev. Carl Weaver, Rev. Julius 
Sisk, Rev. Thomas Sisk and the present pastor, Rev. 
Lero Hudson. 

Rev. Lero Hudson has served as pastor for the last 
twenty- eight years. 

Several additions have been made to the church. 
In 1967, the church was remodeled and Sunday School 
rooms added with a basement in the remodeled 
addition. A choir loft was added. Later restrooms, 
baptistry, and a secretary's office were added. In 1 979, 
a fellowship building was constructed. 

At present, church meetings are Sunday morning 
and evening and Wednesday night Bible study. The 
church has several different activities during the year. 
Church attendance is consistent throughout the year. 
The membership is 100. 

Westover Baptist Church 




Westover Baptist Church was organized in the 
year 1 950 with twenty-six members. The first meeting 
of the church was held in the home of Alex Davis. The 
church held services in the home of Fred Sanders for 
about two years before a temporary building was 
attained. The new church was built and finished in the 
year 1957. The parsonage was built in 1957 and the 
church bought the parsonage from Hubert Bowen in 
1959. The fellowship hall was built in the 1980s. 



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The first deacons of the church were Hubert 
Bowen and Bill Bridges. Ruth McDaniel Sanders was 
the first pianist and Ervin Chapman was the first choir 
director. The first Sunday School director was Broadus 
Matthews. The first homecoming held at Westover 
Baptist Church was in September 1957. 

Former pastors are: Broadus Matthews, N. S. 
Hardin, J. D. McCellan, Floyd Willis, Archie Chapman, 
Guy Caviness, Henry Iker, Roger Webb, Winford 
Bagwell, Claude White, L. H. Lovelace, Joe Steadman, 
Sam Snyder, Larry Haskin and Ronnie Detter. 



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Westview 
Baptist Church 




On Sunday afternoon, August 1 3, 1 96 1 , Westview 
Baptist Church was organized in a meeting at Graham 
School. Membership was left open for several weeks, 
resulting in a total of 105 charter members. 

A pastorium was purchased in January 1 962 . On 
February 18, 1962, Reverend Forrest Teague became 
the first pastor. 

The church purchased five and one -half acres of 
land on Melody Lane and plans were developed for 
constructing a church building. Groundbreaking 
services were held February 23, 1964, and a happy 



congregation had the first service in the new building 
February 7, 1965. 

Reverend W J. Yeaman, Jr., became the second 
pastor June 24, 1968. A week-day kindergarten and 
child care was started during his ministry. 

July 25, 1975, The Reverend T. W Estes came as 
pastor. The need for a full-time music and education 
director was felt. Terry Childers was called as first full- 
time music and education director. 

Reverend Jerry King was called as fourth pastor 
in November 1977, serving with him was Bruce 
Harless as associate minister of education and youth. 
Michael Deese was called as minister of education and 
youth in June 1979. 

The church voted April 24, 1983, to begin 
construction on a new sanctuary and five classrooms. 
Talley Inc., architects, was chosen for design andT C. 
Strickland was general contractor. 

Reverend Randy Godwin became the fifth pastor 
June 1985. In March 1984, Steve Austin became the 
associate minister and music director. Dedication of 
the new sanctuary was held June 24, 1 984. From April 
1986 until September 1987, Steve Harrill served as 
director of music and adult education. 

Reverend Jim Brackett began his ministry May 
1 5, 1988, and served through April 2000. Larry King 
came as minister of music and youth on October 24, 
1988 and served until January 2001 . 

On Sunday morning March 19, 1989, a note 
burning was held retiring a debt of $270,000. 

Marjorie Lancaster was elected the first 
deaconess of Westview Baptist Church, October 1989. 

Westview has always supported missions. We have 
prayerfully and financially supported groups and 
individuals to work on site at the following mission 
fields: West Virginia, Honduras, Brazil, Romania, and 
Togo, West Africa. 



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Westwood 

Heights 

Baptist Church 



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Westwood Heights Baptist Church has an 
interesting history. Rev. Harlan Harris, then pastor of 
First Baptist Church in Shelby, became burdened that 
there was no church in the Kings Road community. 
Under his leadership, and with the support of First 
Baptist members and community persons, the church 
was organized an July 9, 1950, as Kings Chapel Baptist 
Church. There were thirty-four charter members. 

The group first met in homes in the community, 
and Rev. Harris served as Interim Pastor. 

In 1951, the group purchased property and built 
a sanctuary on Churchill Drive. Later, the church 
name was changed to Churchill Drive Baptist Church. 
In 1958, an educational building was constructed to 
house Sunday School classrooms, a church office, and a 
fellowship hall. 

In 1951, Rev. Yates W. Campbell was called as 
pastor. Ten other men have served since: Fred C. 
Crisp, Leroy Sisk, Harry S.Walker, James S. Rice, B.T. 
Tucker, Jr., C. F. Boykins, Scott Forrest, John D. 
Hunter, and James L. Black, present pastor. 

In the 1980s economic, social, and cultural 
changes came to the community, and church 
attendance declined. Church members felt they must 
make changes if the church survived. In 1997, the 
church facilities were sold to another group (now Faith 
Baptist Church), and property was purchased in the 



Westwood Heights community. At this time, the name 
of the church was changed to Westwood Heights Baptist 
Church. The church met in Graham School and later at 
the Kings Mountain Baptist Association building. 

The new century and the blessings of God hold 
great prospects for the church. On July 2, 2000, the 
church called Rev. James Black as pastor, and on 
September 24, 2000, the first services were held in the 
new facilities on Dellinger Road in the Westwood 
Heights community. Our people covet your prayers as 
we seek to serve our everlasting Lord and be a blessing 
in a new community. 



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Zion Baptist 
Church 


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I Dr. Randy Bridges, 
1 Pastor 




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Zion is the oldest church in the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. Our church was established in 
1816, and has been spoken of as the "Mother Church" 
of our Association. 

A brush arbor was mentioned as a meeting place 
before the first church building, made of logs, was built 
in 1816. Zion held a membership of thirty. 

Listed below are important dates, facts and events 
about our church: 

1858 — the second church building was framed; 
1865 — Zion's Sunday School was organized; 1892 — 



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1894 the first WMU was organized; 1921 — first 
Training Union; 

1927 — the fourth church building was a brick 
building; 1948 — first Vacation Bible School was 
organized; 1953 — the fifth building was built and is a 
modern brick structure; 

1956 — Miss Faye Tunmire was adopted as a 
missionary to serve in the Phillipines; 1958 — the church 
voted to build a caretaker's home; 1966 — August 7th 
was Zion's Sesquicentennial; 1978 — in April Rev. 
Russell Fitts came to be the pastor at Zion. Our 
twentieth pastor served fourteen years and continues to 
be involved in our church as Pastor Emeritus. This year 
the church made an agreement with the pastor to own 
his own home. Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Kiser gave an eight 
acre tract of land to build his home; 1988 — Dedication 
of the LibbyTarlton Senter Memorial Gardens. She and 
her daughter, Rachel, were killed in service on the 
mission field in Liberia. The garden was built in their 
memory; 1991 — August 18th, Zion celebrated 175 
years. Sunday School attendance was 229. This year 
renovations were completed to the church buildings; 

1994 We adopted our first Constitution as well as 

became Incorporated; 1997 — February 3rd, Dr. Randy 
Bridges was called to serve as present pastor; 1 999 — the 
Scout Hut built behind the Fellowship Building was 
completed and dedicated; 2000 — a celebration of the 
ministry of Faithe Cooper Beam was held at Zion on July 
30th. She served Zion in many ways through her 
dedication to our church, in the past nine years, as 
minister of music and education. 

Since 1990, Zion has been very active in sending 
mission teams across the United States and abroad. 

Zion has been blessed with many scholarship 
funds. We continually give to the Libby Senter 
Scholarship fund maintained by the Kings Mountain 
Baptist Association. The Mary Beth Dorsey 
Scholarship fund was established in 1 998 in memory of 
one of our youth that died in a tragic accident. The Lee 
Cornwell Scholarship fund was established in memory 



of Mr. Lee Cornwell, a very devoted and generous 
member. The Earcie Dellinger Cornwell andT. Mills 
Cornwell Scholarship Fund was established in memory 
of this very giving and devoted couple. 

At present Zion is over half way toward the goal 
of monies needed for the new Family Life Center. We 
enjoy great leadership from our Pastor, Dr. Randy 
Bridges, and look forward to the work that God is 
laying before us. Michele Strickland serves as minister 
of music. Current membership is 563. 

Zoar Baptist Church 




A movement to 
organize Zoar Church 
began in 1837. At that 
time Elder James M. 
Thomas of the Moriah 
Association preached a 
series of sermons at a 
"preaching stand," built for public worship, about 
three miles southwest of the present site of Shelby, 
North Carolina. Inspired by the support for this 
endeavor and the large crowds it attracted, the leaders 
of the community decided that a church was needed. 
On March 15, 1838, William Weston gave slightly 
more than one acre of land on which the first Zoar 
Church was built. The land was granted to E. M. 
Chaffin, the first pastor, and deacons James Love, and 
Roberts Putnam. 



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Zoar Church was dedicated on September 7, 
1838. The name Zoar was chosen because it meant 
"place of rest and refuge" or "little" as found in 
Genesis 19:22. There were twenty-five members 
when Zoar was organized. 

The second church building was built around 
1884, and completely remodeled from 1933 to 1938. 
The third and current building was built in 1954, and 
dedicated on June 5 , 1955. Throughout the years there 
have been many changes due to growth. The parsonage 
was made into office space due to the need for more 
classroom space. A fellowship hall with kitchen 
facilities was built. 



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Some significant events in Zoar's history are: staff 
additions, addition of a ball field and softball league, 
Puppet Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry, Senior 
Citizen's Ministry, Homebound Ministry, Music 
Ministry. Zoar has a heart for missions. We helped 
sponsor a foreign missionary and recently sent a church 
member on a mission trip. 

Since Zoar was established thirty-four pastors 
have served here. The current pastor is Dr. Marvin 
Gobble. Rev. David Costner serves as minister of 
youth and children, and Mrs. Marelena Gold serves as 
minister of music. The current membership is 586. 



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Allen Memorial Baptist 

Church, 85, 126 
Arnold, Dr. Ernest W., 110 



Bailey, Phil, 98 
Barnett, J.N., 29, 30 
Beaver Dam, 85, 86, 93, 

109, 112, 126 
Bethany Baptist Church, 

87 
Bethany First Hispanic 

Baptist Church, 86 
Bethel Baptist Church, 

87.93, 109, 114. 134 
Bethlehem Baptist 

Church, 88 
Billings, James, 121 
Black, C.J., 31, 32 
Black, James, 140 
Blanton, David L., 88 
Boiling Springs Baptist 

Church, 89 
Bolin, Todd, 126 
Borders, Cline, 44, 47, 48 
Borders, E.C., 26 
Brackett, Eddie, 98 
Bridges, J.C.. 26 
Bridges, John R.'Tete", 95 
Brooks, Palmer, 47 
Buff, Cecil, 118 
Buffalo Baptist Church, 

89,91. 112, 115, 116 
Burgin, Dr. Max, 108, 109 



Cabaniss, Joe, 45 
Cagle, Terry, 126, 127 
Calvary Baptist Church, 

90,117,134 
Calvin, John, 10, 11 
Camps Creek Baptist 

Church, 91 
Cantrell, J.R., 37 
Carey, William, 12. 13, 16 
Carpenter's Grove Baptist 

Church, 91 
Casar Baptist Church, 92 
Chambers, Michael, 93 
Chemical Dependency 

Workshop, 61, 69 
Christ Covenant Church, 92 



Christian Freedom Baptist 

Church, 93 
Christmas Toy Store, 68 
Christopher Road Baptist 

Church, 94 
Collins, Joe, 71, 73, 74, 

75,79 
Community Baptist 

Church, 95 
Cooperative Program, 32, 

41.42,47 
Crestview Baptist Church, 

95 
Crow, Rev. C.C., 34 
Crowe, C.C.. 34 



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Daggerhart, Gene, 131 
David Baptist Church, 96 
Davis, Bob, 46, 48, 49, 52 
Davis, Eric, 97 
Davis, Teresa, 5, 7, 69, 79 
Devenny, G.H., 26 
Devenny, Reverend J.V., 

26 
Dixon, L. Keith 105 
Dixon, Thomas Jr, 28 
Dixon, Reverend Tom, 24 
Dobbins, Drury, 18, 19, 

20, 114, 133, 138 
Double Shoals Baptist 

Church, 97, 110 
Double Springs Baptist 

Church, 98, 114 
Doughtie. Bonnie, 5, 58, 

59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 

66, 72, 73, 75 
Dover Baptist Church, 98, 

99 
Dunster, Henry, 13 
Durham, Stephen, 91 



Easom, Horace, 41 
Eastside Baptist Church, 

Kings Mountain, 99 
Eastside Baptist Church, 

Shelby, 100 
Edwards, J.J., 26 
Edwards, Jonathan, 15 
Edwards, Morgan, 15 
Efird, Neal, 87, 119 
Elam, Carme, 26 



Elizabeth Baptist Church, 

100, 101 
Elliott Memorial Baptist 

Church, 101 
Elliott, P.L., 50, 73 
Emmanuel Baptist 

Church, 102, 103 
Espinal, Jose A., 86 
Ewing, William B., 124, 

125 



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Faith Baptist Church, 

103, 140 
Fallston Baptist Church, 

104 
First Baptist Church, 

Shelby, 133 
Fite, Dr. Harold, 100 
Fitts, Russell, 57, 73, 125, 

141 
Flint Hill Baptist Church, 

105 
Fulbright, Dr. Tony, 105, 

106 



Gardner, Governor O. Max, 

38,50 
General Baptists, 12, 14 
Glass, Bill, 56 
Glisson, Bryan, 130 
Gobble, Dr. Marvin, 141, 

142 
Goforth, Joe, 49 
Gold, Marcus C, 123 
Gordon, M. David, 116 
Greene, Reverend CO., 39 
Greene, Tom, 41 
Griffin, Jody, 96 
Grover, First Baptist 

Church, 105 



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Hall, W.P., 36 
Hallman, John, 33 
Hamrick, E.B., 26, 27, 37 
Hamrick, J.H., 26 
Hamrick, Reverend J.M.. 

26, 122 
Hamrick, L.S., 26 
Hamrick, Dr. T.G., 26 
Hardin, Tim, 115 
Harrill, A.S., 26 



Harrill, D.M., 26 
Haynes, Robert, 134, 135 
Heyward, Mickey, 94 
Hobbs, Hershel, 9 
Holland, Reverend T.C., 

29 
Holland, T.M., 26 
Hope, Bob, 111, 112 
Houze, John, 124 
Howington, Nolan P., 47 
Hudson, Lero, 138 
Huggins, J.D., 13, 14, 15, 

16, 19, 20, 26, 30, 83 
Huggins, Mrs. J.D., 29 
Hutchins, Harold, 115, 

116 



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Immanuel Baptist 

Church, 106 
Irish, Dr. David, 135, 136 
Irvin, A.C., 26 



Jenkins, Reverend J.L., 37 
Jenkins, L.S., 26 
Jordon, Terry, 100 



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Kehukee Association, 15 
Kendrick, G.W., 26 
Kendrick, N.B., 26 
Kerr, Leland, 3, 5, 51, 52, 

53, 56, 57, 61, 62, 63, 

64, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73, 

74, 79, 92 
Kilby, Randy, 63, 64 
Kings Mountain Baptist 

Church, 106, 107, 111 
Kings Mountain, First 

Baptist Church, 107 
Kings Mountain, Second 

Baptist Church, 108 



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Lail, Jerry, 134 
Land, Eugene, 99, 100 
Lattimore Baptist Church, 

108, 109 
Lawndale Baptist 

Church, 109, 110 
Roberts, Reverend 

Lawrence, 34, 42 



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Lily Memorial Baptist 





Richardson, Dr. Jim, 51, 


Walker, Glenn, 61, 63, 65, 


Church, 110 


52, 128 


70, 72, 75, 79 


Lineberger, T.A., 43 


Oak Grove Baptist 


Rick Gage Crusade, 55, 56 


Wall, Reverend Zeno, 37 


Logan, G.A., 26 


Church, 120 


Robbins, J.R., 103 


Wallace, Dan, 90 


Logan, John R., 17, 19, 


Oak View Baptist Church, 


Roberson, Reverend W.T., 


Wallace Grove Baptist 


20, 23, 24, 31 


121 


39 


Church, 101, 113, 138 


Lovelace, A.C., 37 


Owensby, Ronell, 114 


Ross Grove Baptist 


Washburn, Jr, A. V, 30, 31, 


Lovelace, Dr. T. B., 26 


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Church, 131 


34 


Lowe, Mrs. Theresa, 4, 73 


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Washburn, Dorothy, 72 


Lowry, Tim, 85, 87 


Page, Dr. Carroll, 89 


or 


Washburn, Gaines, 72 


Ludlum, Lewis, 33 


Parish Nurse, 68, 70 


Sandy Creek Association, 


Washburn, Joe, 33 


Luther, Martin, 10, 11, 74 


Pathway Baptist Church, 


15, 16 


Washburn, Reburn, 34 


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122 


Sandy Creek Church, 16 


Washburn, WW., 26 


Patterson Grove Baptist 


Sandy Plains Baptist 


Washburn, Wyan, 45 


Macedonia Baptist 


Church, 122 


Church, 132 


Washburn, Dr. Wyan, 28, 


Church, 111 


Patterson Springs Baptist 


Second Baptist Church, 


33,76 


Mallory, Reverend P.D., 23 


Church, 123 


Shelby, 134 


Waters, Steve, 123 


Martin, Alton, 127 


Peach Street Baptist 


Separate Baptists, 14, 15 


Webb, J. M., 20 


Martin, W.A., 26 


Church, 123 


Seventy-Five Million 


Webb, Stanley D., 95 


Mauney, Fred, 92 


Peoples Baptist Church, 


Campaign, 30 


Welch, Jerry, 91 


McAnelly, David, 129 


124 


Shiloh Baptist, 14 


Wells, Dennis, 137 


McSwain, Dr. Don, 132 


Plainsview Baptist 


Shumate, Mike, 136 


Wesley, John, 12, 15 


Meade, Andy, 101 


Church, 124 


Sloan, Dr. John W., 107 


Westover Baptist Church, 


Metrolina Food Bank, 69 


Pleasant Grove Baptist 


Snyder, Sam, 51, 53 


138, 139 


Midview Baptist Church, 


Church, 125 


Stough, A.L., 23 


Westview Baptist Church, 


111 


Pleasant Hill Baptist 


Suttle, J.W., 27, 28 


139 


Morrison, Ken, 118 


Church, 85, 126, 130 


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Westwood Heights 


Mount Sinai Baptist 


Pleasant Ridge Baptist 


Baptist Church, 140 


Church, 112 


Church, 126 


Tapp, Tim, 117 


White, Dr. Christopher, 51 


Mull, A.T., 26 


Polkville Baptist Church, 


Temple Baptist Church, 


Williams, Craven, 51 


Mulls Memorial Baptist 


86, 127, 128 


134 


Williams, Paul, 109, 110 


Church, 113 


Poplar Springs Baptist 


Tench, Tony, 133 


Williams, Roger, 13, 15 


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Church, 128 
Poston, E. Eugene, 50 


Terrill, Sr. Zavier H., 116 
Toole, Jim, 92 


Wilson, J.M., 26 
World Missions 


New Bethel Baptist 


Price, Ervin, 113, 114 


Trexler, Tim, 112, 113 


Conference, 55, 64 


Church, 114 
New Buffalo Baptist 


Primitive Baptists, 17, 18 
Promise Keepers, 61, 67 


Trinity Baptist Church, 
135 


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Church, 115 


Providence Baptist 

Church, 129 
Putnam, D.F., 26, 134, 

135 
Putnam Memorial Baptist 

Church, 126, 130 


Turner, David, 111 


Young, Carlos L., 35, 36 


New Camp Creek Baptist 

Church, 115 
New Hope Baptist 

Church, 116 


Turner, Max, 89, 90 

Li/ 

Union Baptist Church, 


Zion Baptist Church, 127, 
140 


New Jerusalem Baptist 


136 


Zoar Baptist Church, 126, 


Church, 116 





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141 


New Prospect Baptist 


Zwingli, Ulrich, 10, 11 


Church, 97, 117, 125 


Quinn, J.H., 26 


Victory Baptist Church, 




Norman's Grove Baptist 
Church, 118 


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North Lafayette Street 


Ramsey, Douglas, 87 


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Baptist Church, 118 
Northside Baptist Church, 


Reed, Charles, 48, 60, 63, 
64, 66, 67, 69, 72, 79 


Wacaster, Mrs. John, 31, 

32 
Waco Baptist Church, 137 




119 
Norton, Scott, 104 


Remy, Mike, 55 
Rice, James S., 106 




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